This is Lilla. She's a studious little girl, an actress, a singer, a sweet spirit. When I think about myself at this age the sounds of The Little River Band fill my head..being in middle school was to this day the hardest time in my life and somedays I wondered if I would make it through 7th grade band in the afternoon. Not knowing where I fit in, my gold threaded shirt and my bad Farrah Fawcett wings..today the clothes are different, but the stories are still the same. Lilla and her friends, Mariama being one, are making middle school look easy. They're confident, sensitive, and focused. Their honesty is disarming and we learn from them as much as they learn from us. One of the biggest reasons I love to photograph children.