Today, selfies are all the rage, but Catherine didn’t wait for smartphones to be invented to start taking hers.
Flashback to 2002 and one of Catherine’s first selfies.
The camera was old-school. She couldn’t see her work until the CVS photo booth people worked their magic. No matter. She was in love with the camera even at the tender age of 6 and happy to pose, with or without funny sunglasses.
Basil trained her early. When she was a baby, he pointed the camera at her so often that she would noticeably perk up at the sight of a telephoto lens.
Once she could handle a camera of her own, there was no stopping her.
We have numerous shots of this ilk in the Vanech photo vault. Her other favorite subjects include pictures of us in our pajamas (always delightful) and her baby dolls dressed in their finery and posing throughout the house (probably time to can those).
Still, the selfie ruled and continues to do so.
I couldn’t begin to guess how many selfies she’s taken — showing off outfits and makeup jobs, being silly with friends, commemorating events big and small (even while being treated for anaphylaxis in the hospital ER after accidentally eating nuts).
Here are a few other notable ones:
Don’t ditch the dolls in their finery photos! She’ll get a kick out of them in 20 years. Catherine does take a good photo!
Iris was like Catherine with a camera. Even as a newborn, she posed for a camera, staying still until the picture was taken. I realized later that it was probably the red light for focusing that fascinated her, but now she poses at the sight of a camera or cellphone.