You were absolutely adorable. Your mom's hair, though, is indeed like a tractor beam. It's huge and alive with Texas-style whatnot that only Texas women can pull off.
Put aside the fact that all good stories start in cedar chests and that you've given my belly a workout for the ages with your five-year-old bershon.
Can we talk about _your_ hair for a second, and how I just know you had some barrettes with ribbons braided into them? In fact, I'm willing to bet you had a special barrette holder hanging from the back of your bedroom door...
All of the pictures are about HAIR for me. Your mom's is always amazing, but yours is so different now that you are all olderrr. The outfits are also fantastic and the cringe face is my favourite.
my my used to make those braided ribbon snappy clip barettes with the flowers glue-gunned on. i hated going to the dentist because she'd bring three tree-hangers (you know, the things that hold 6 of your dad's work shirts) full of them and make me carry one around to tempt the mothers sitting with their cavity-riddled kids into impulse purchases.
the outtakes. hillarious.
Was your Mom a Breck girl? She poses like she means business.
You really are hilarious. And the photo shoot? Too freaking funny.
I'm sorry all I ever do is comment on your mom's hair. It's just such an enigma! My hair has never looked even half as perfectly-coiffed. Maybe it really is a regional thing, and it's the meek Midwesterner in me that's the problem.
P.S. - the Paterson one just made me pee my pants a little.
I just want to talk about the portraits; they're lovely, with a depth of understanding that modern day photography portraits just don't get. Wonderful.
Sweet Xanadu Jesus wrapped in Red Velvet...those portrait outtakes are hysterical!
This is my first time commenting, and I was going to try to avoid the hair issue. But damn girl. That's some hair.
Seriously you want us to believe you ever owned a blank diary? Fantastic photos. Thank you for sharing.
Sarah Brown, I love you.
I feel that I need to apologize. I've had a stressful couple of weeks, and this photo is the first thing in a while that has made me laugh out loud. I keep going away and coming back and it makes me guffaw each and every time. Thank you for letting me laugh at one of your less than covergirl moments!
Good LORD you were cute! These photos are hilarious. I have something very similar of my family from when I was 3. We all look deranged. It might be the funniest photo I own.
Arrrgh, I can't view them from work! Must get home. Must get HOME.
Pam Brown is the Patron Saint of Hair.
I personally love outtake one which may possibly be known as the "something stinks" face.
I knew your mom was cool, but finding out she is a Texan just shot her into the stratosphere of coolness. On the serious side, the portraits are LOVELY. Wow your grandmother did amazing portraits. I would love to be so talented. You were a pretty little thing Sarah Brown.
signed...a lurker...another S. Brown (but not your googleganger.)
Oh my GOD. So awesome.
You know, every single portrait or photo or snapshot or polaroid or cameraphone pic ever taken of me looks like an outtake. I bet your grandmother, talented as she was with the paintbrush, would've captured me doing something weird with my mouth, or looking off to one side at the last second or visibly fighting a problem lock of hair with my mind.
I can completely understand where your brother is coming from when it comes to this photo. It's just too much.
Don't we all have pictures like that? My sister is five years older than I am and my mom always thought it was adorable to photograph us in matching outfits. So she's ten and subjected to white bunchy tights because on me at five, it's a cute fashion statement. And then there's me, inheriting a dress I finally outgrew and being stuck with blue and white checked flounce for another two fucking years. It isn't any wonder I looked like I was in pain in most of my childhood pictures.
Great blog. Stumbled here by accident but thrilled I found you. I'll be back!
You look more like my sister than my actual sister does!
Yes but where are the SHOES? The magical red shoes that lead to nearly academic discourse on hair . . . this post/comments that made my face feel strange until I realized I was smiling really hard.
Hi I found your site via DOOCE, I love it... I couldn't stop laughing looking at 'The Portrait Outtakes'.