Jenny Herbert – Selfie. Before the Before Party
|This is Amber, sixteen and a half, and her fluffy dog Leo in a quiet moment. Leo is familiar, safe and at home on the couch. The leaver’s ball is a defining point in her life. Big change is coming.
What a kerfuffle! The dress, the makeup, the hair, the shoes, the jewellery, the nails, the tan, the corsage, the transport, the before party, the actual ball and the after party.
The year 12 leaver’s ball is such a defining event in any teenage girl’s life. So Important! This ritual rivals the coming out parties of the British debs in days of yore. Now catching an eligible husband is just so out-dated. Oh! What an event! Pictures in Kings Park, dinner and the ball, the after party. The girls will never forget this special day/night! It signifies the transition between teenager and adult.
One moment they are children in school uniform with regulation hair dos and daggy teenage attire, but for the year 12 ball their future beckons in exciting, unexplored potential, sophistication and scary future life challenges. GO GIRLS!