{Brooke Brown – Charlotte, North Carolina Family Photographer}

There is nothing like a girlfriend.  To laugh with.  To cry with.  To share with.  To be quiet with.  Adri and Dani have been best girlfriends for twenty-five years.  They spent their youth together.  Their lives remain intertwined today.  I can only imagine the number of times they’ve asked each other for advice or shared funny stories or called each and started the conversation with, “guess what?!”

Girl, put your records on, tell me your favorite song
You go ahead, let your hair down
Sapphire and faded jeans, I hope you get your dreams,
Just go ahead, let your hair down.

Starting tomorrow they will become friends who support, love and encourage each other from opposite coasts.  Adri lives in North Carolina.  Dani will be moving with her family to California.  Tomorrow.

I wonder if Adri & Dani knew that one day they’d have kids who would also be best friends?  That 3 boys and a red-haired girl would all smoosh together to eat cupcakes with icing and sprinkles on a Friday afternoon, just because.

The kids ran around together in Adri’s backyard, working off some energy before their sleepover.  It was Adri’s birthday so the kids all had flowers for her.

The kids were FULL of the sillies.  They could not sit still, wanting only to play, laugh and run.  As they should.

The afternoon was oozing sunshine.  Every photo ended up hazy and warm and full of happiness.  I barely touched them while editing because I wanted them to remain authentic and real.  These next several pictures just feel like childhood to me.  Jumping and yelling and laughing and singing.  Kind of feel like these could be any-year, any-town America.   Like maybe when Adri and Dani were girls.

So here’s to these best friends….

And here’s to these best friends…

A toast to friendship ~  I hope you get your dreams.  Just go ahead, let your hair down.  xo

Judith Voglesonger - Brooke…wow! Amazing photos…special for sure…the friendship and the images.March 21, 2011 – 10:13 am

Suzanne - Oh my goodness girls, I have tears in my eyes. Amazing pictures and words once again Brooke!!March 17, 2011 – 5:33 pm

jen hunt - What a sweet gift you’ve given these sweet friends!March 17, 2011 – 2:50 pm

anne - oh man! tearing up about this! what a BIG DEAL! you did such a great job freezing these last moments in time for these friends. really great hazy color stuff. such cute cute kids. great shots of adri with kids. love the one of all four sitting down in color with two boys sticking tongue out and cool action shots of all of them at end.March 17, 2011 – 8:39 am

Danielle - this is amazing, thank you Brook!March 17, 2011 – 3:47 am

adri - Thank you Brooke! As I say “good-bye” to my best friend of 25 years, I am grateful to have these amazing photo’s to capture the time we had together in charlotte. Our paths will cross again! Thank god for technology so we can talk everyday like we do now!!March 17, 2011 – 3:36 am

steph - where did you get your little chalk boards? love em’March 16, 2011 – 8:47 pm

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