At first glance, this looks like a typical pageant reaction photo. Decent shot, if I do say so myself, but typical. Could be anywhere in America.
Princesses, from left, Rebekka Beierle, Josie Courtney and Hayley Tuttle, react to the news that Marissa Reyes was crowned as queen on Feb. 16, 2014, at the Miss Prosser Pageant.
However, there’s more to this story.
First of all, just to get it out of the way, the blonde in the middle is my daughter Josie, now one of three happy 2014 Miss Prosser Court princesses. So, there’s that. I admit, part of the reason I’m sharing this is because I’m her proud father.
No doubt, she is happy about her victory at the time of this frame. However, that’s not what she is reacting to with this priceless look on her face. She had already been topped with the princess tiara a few minutes earlier. In this photo, she is reacting to the announcement that Marissa Reyes won the title of queen.
Like a biased father, I continued taking pictures of my daughter even though the moment was about somebody else. Had I been covering this event for the newspaper, which of course I wasn’t, I would have missed the most important news of the night.
But I believe we all learn quite a bit about the newly-crowned Queen Marissa from this photo, even though she is not in it. I’ve never met her, but she must be a pretty good kid judging from Josie’s reaction.
For the record, Josie speaks pretty highly of her. And with the parade, ribbon-cutting and activity schedule coming up this spring, our family is sure to get to know her pretty well, too.