Val is my husband's oldest daughter. She had just gotten off work and was tired when I sat her down to take some pictures. Not used to having a camera pointed at her, she was at first self concious and the results were strained. However, there was something spontaneous and natural when she rested her head in her hand, and I knew I had the shot I wanted.
By now of course, they all knew what they might be getting for Christmas. It had become obvious. They just wouldn't see the painting until that day.