Today’s featured fan is photographer Danielle Pousette who shares with us a little throwback to Laura Ingalls Wilder through her inspired photo shoot.
Q: What inspired you to do this photo shoot?
I was inspired to do the photo shoot because my daughter and her friend are both at an age where they are really enjoying the books and television series. And as fate would have it, each of them has a resemblance to the characters Laura and Nellie. I had the perfect Laura and Nellie right there, it was a great match.
Q: Tell us a little bit about how you prepared for the photo shoot.
To prepare for the photo shoot, we gathered as many neat little props as we could, including old books and dolls.
Then we found some prairie clothing that would fit each girl from the time period. We used a family farm with a pond to give the feeling of being on the farm where Laura lived with her family.
Q: What was your favorite moment from your photo shoot?
My favorite moment from the photo shoot was absolutely when the girls decided to reenact Laura’s and Nellie’s fight scene from the series. We had a lot of giggles doing that one!
Q: What first stirred your interest in Laura Ingalls Wilder and Little House on the Prairie?
My interest in Laura Ingalls Wilder began in grade school as we read books about her life and studied the pioneer days. My mother always let us “Little House on the Prairie” right after school. I learned a lot of life lessons watching that show. Today, I enjoy being able to pass those stories down to my daughter and revisiting the television series with her.
Q: Do you have a favorite episode or season? A favorite Laura Ingalls Wilder book or quote?
I love so many of the episodes, but my favorite is the one from Season One called, “The Lord is My Shepherd.” Laura tries to make a heartbreaking situation right with God by going to the highest mountain she can and talking to God. That moment where Laura kneels at the peek of the mountainside in prayer, asking God to answer her is so beautiful. Michael Landon really went straight to the heart of the question, “where is God when we hurt?” while maintaining the simple narrative of faith like a child.
My Favorite Laura Ingalls Wilder quote is: “The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”
Q: What “take-away” life lessons from the books and TV series resonate with you today?
Love outvalues things. Little House on the Prairie is about love of family, above all else. We work and live to provide and make a life for our family. There are no material things on this Earth that can take the place of people.
Family can be made up of friends and whomever you decide to love. The resounding theme is this simple truth, that love outvalues things.
Q: Do you think you will do more photo shoots or other Little House inspired activities with your daughter?
Yes, I think when summer rolls around again we can have some more fun photo shoots and invite some friends to tag along that also love Laura Ingalls Wilder and her stories.