The belief is that the origin of the dreamcatcher stems back to the Ojibwe people. The tribe, themselves, have a legend about the origin pointing to a woman who took care of the people and children of the land. As the Ojibwe Nation grew and spread across the country, it was impossible for her to reach all of the children. Mothers and grandmothers began to weave “magical webs” for the children. These webs, or dreamcatchers, would filter out bad dreams or thoughts and only let the good in their minds.
When I was thinking about what to bring as a prop for this little girl I knew that the dreamcatcher would be perfect. Her imagination is as wide and deep as the ocean. Her stories heartfelt and rich with curiosity. She can get lost in a moment and it’s in those moments you can feel that she is an old soul. I’ve photographed Isabella since she was two. Every shoot has been unique but one common link has been the addition of her favorite stuffed animal, Lamby.
As far as dreams go, I know that dreaming big is something she will always do. With mom as an incredible role model in following ones dreams, I can only imagine where both will go!
“A dream is a wish your heart makes…”
What if I fall?
Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?