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Natalia~ 15th year of life

posted by Kelly

Natalia is our wonderful niece.

She is absolutely gorgeous in every meaning of the word. There is no denying her physical beauty but what you can’t see is her amazing heart. She loves Jesus with every fiber of her being. She is cultivating a beautiful heart for missions, loves her youth group and is a very loyal friend. You can’t help but fall in love with her sweet and sensitive spirit. She is a great listener, compassionate, and wonderful big sister to her little bro and sis. We enjoy her so much. This is our annual b-day gift to her, (although it is 5 months past her b-day) a little photo shoot.

You will not believe she is just 15 years old…I mean I didn’t even closely resemble her timeless beauty at that age. This is what I looked like around 15.

When things should have been left in the 80's

I feel I represented upstate New York and the early 90’s with flawless perfection. This is my buddy, Tony. I was a sophomore and he was a senior…this was big time. Do you see the amazing technique I perfected with teasing my hair to an ungodly four inch radius around my head? It was something to both fear and revere! What sold me on the dress was definitely the ruffles that could swallow me whole. Don’t get me started on the two dead caterpillars on my face I was passing off as eyebrows. It was several years before I saw the light on plucking.

This picture sits in stark contrast to the following ones of Natalia. She is such a natural beauty only giving into the trends just enough but not too much. She will not be mortified of these pictures 20 years from now as I am of mine. It’s okay, you can laugh, I can take it.

Enjoy Natalia working her groove thing around downtown.

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

In love with her necklace! Forever 21 jewelry is always a score and a half!

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Natalia looks so much older with her serious expressions….we had to capture her being a care free 15 year old!

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Just another example of me doing all the work…cough, cough….

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

She’s too cute for words.

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

and back to looking 20 again…..the eyes, the eyes…..some amazing peepers!

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

We moved over to our second location because I wanted to take advantage of these gorgeous golden sunsets we have been having. Golden sunsets deserve golden fields of tall grass. This is a perfect example that you don’t need exotic locations, just creative ones. This was our view to the right of our location.

Our very own Home Depot.

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

and this was the field to the left of the Home Depot. I am IN LOVE with this photo. I want to Photoshop my face on top of hers. We could never be body doubles of each other.

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Even my 10 foot long shadow mocks my birthing hips. Note Ryan’s wandering hand.

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Can we say photogenic enough?

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

This last shot….LOVE!!!! Natalia you are a young woman of grace and virtue. We love you!!! Happy very late 15th b-day.

Natalia 15th B-day Shoot

13 Responses

Teevio says:

September 30, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Kelly your hair is downright hot. I’m taking Julie in for a perm immediately!

Erin says:

September 30, 2009 at 2:22 pm

I am having serious trouble coping with the fact that I taught her when she was three. THREE! I am so, so old.

Beautiful pics, beautiful girl.

Elizabeth says:

September 30, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Amazing. Happy birthday, Natalia.

Dikola says:

September 30, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Aaaah! Natalia! Anthropologie should be breaking down both of your doors for a contract! beautiful! Kelly…you are beautiful too…hair and all;)

Samantha says:

September 30, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Awwwww SO PRETTY!!!

adam Barnes says:

September 30, 2009 at 7:56 pm

hahaha… i laughed out loud (so did Lauren)… the first shot is a flashback to a friends episode. and the shots are awesome. love the field shot right above ryan’s shadow caressing your bum. holla.

Amanda McKinney says:

October 1, 2009 at 11:55 am

She’s beautiful, and you guys, of course, did an amazing job. Being a teenage girl is such a rough time - I know I felt like the ugliest duckling ever - so I hope Natalia looks at this pictures and knows for darn sure that she is a lovely girl, inside AND out, and that she is very much loved by you and by God.

It’s good to work that self-confidence thing early - it serves us women well later. :)

I have not one, but TWO very similar prom photos. You are not alone! Actually, wait. Three. Crap. The early 90’s were hard on all of us. I should have bought stock in Helene Curtis (Salon Selectives was my hairspray drug of choice)

Marcela (Paula´s sister) says:

October 1, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Hermosa!!!!! ….. incluso así de seria, se ve muy bien.!!
Excelente trabajo Kelly, muchas gracias.

Aunt Carol says:

October 2, 2009 at 7:11 am

I always knew Natalia was beautiful…..those eyes are piercing!!! Kelly, you really captured her innocence. Amazing shots!! YOur an artist.

Corey says:

October 2, 2009 at 12:27 pm

WOW…she is the definition of beauty and at only 15 (sigh). Gorgeous shots you guys….I get more and more excited when I see your blogs:) Hooray April 17th!!

Jennifer says:

October 3, 2009 at 12:51 pm

WOW! Beautiful photos! I wish I looked like that when I was 15. Imstead, when I was 15, I too had the big perm and frilly dresses! YIKES! I hope that Natalia enjoys and appreciates these pictures and enjoys them now and when she is older.

Loreto says:

October 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Preciosas las fotos..Happy B-day Natalia…XXX

Aubin says:

October 13, 2009 at 8:46 am

How am I just now seeing these?! AMAZING again—and the best part is I keep scrolling back up to look at the picture of you!! That is awesome, Kelly—way to represent! Sad we missed you in the Burg but we got to hang out with Jamie & Paula and it was a really great time.

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