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Natalia~ 16th year of life

posted by Kelly

There is simply not enough room for us to share how much we adore and love our niece Natalia. She is a blessing to all that know her. Each year we gush about what a tremendous young woman she is growing into. Her love and light for others and Jesus is such an inspiration. Our kids LOVE to have their cousin come and babysit them. She is all things sweet, gentle, compassionate and sincere. Oh, and each year she gets more drop dead gorgeous. It’s really not fair. I should not envy someone half my age!

If you want to see how much this young beauty has grown in the last few years then take a gander at her 14th year shoot and her 15th year shoot. I mean seriously!!!
So this is our token birthday gift to her each year and it is truly a pleasure. She really had to wait it out this year for over SIX months past her b-day. Uncle Ryan and Aunt Kelly were a wee busy this season and this little baby I am growing has zapped every ounce of energy I had left over. It actually was fun to shoot her in a totally different season than the past. We were able to incorporate some fall colors and textures giving this shoot a completely different feel. Natalia also took up her game in sophistication with some sassy new bangs!
Enjoy a fantastic shoot with someone you will not believe is only 16.5 years old! She is a super dooper natural in front of the camera with her insanely gorgeous blue peepers!

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

This is Daisy, she is another gorgeous blue-eyed beauty that makes a few cameo shots!

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

There are glimpses of a carefree teenager in there.

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

I kind of love this shot Ryan snagged when he was changing lenses. I’m sure it isn’t the first or last time anyone has done this, but it is intriguing nonetheless.

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

So what has turned out to be one of our favorite shots of the year was a total and utter collaborative “what if” moment. I saw this random two foot dead patch of feathery weeds. It called out to me “Kelly…..USE ME!” I told Ryan we needed to use these weeds somehow. Natalia was game to lay her head in the rapidly shedding and flecking dried up weeds. I broke off some branches and laid them around her face, Ryan executed the shot and VOILA!!!! She looks like a fairy princess emerging from the ground. There is so much depth and the intensity of her eyes just sucks you in You would never know she is laying in this tiny patch of weeds in a horse pasture in broad day light. LOVE IT!

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Another spin on it.

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Last outfit change of the evening….rapidly falling temperatures.

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

I promise, she really does have a light side to her she is just so dang amazing at doing the intense poses and looks.

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

We set up some lighting at sunset to round out the night under this awesome tree.

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

I love with this next series. I wanted some movement and freedom. She was a jumping queen for us! Go Talia!

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Natalia 16th B-day Shoot

Did you have to remind yourself over and over SIXTEEN AND A HALF????? I can’t wait to see what 17 brings for out next shoot! Amazing job Natalia, we love you!

6 Responses

Colleen says:

December 5, 2010 at 3:45 am

Love these! Stay forever young Natalia!

adria says:

December 5, 2010 at 6:07 am

absolutely gorgeous pics and girl! i love the fairy princess ones…

paula says:

December 5, 2010 at 7:30 am

Thank you so much Ryan and Kelly!!! These are beautiful.

Sunshine Lewis says:

December 5, 2010 at 8:46 am

These are my NEW favorites.. She is so naturally beautiful.. I just can’t stand it. .

Clifton Griffin says:

December 6, 2010 at 7:19 am

The colors are amazing as always. Fantastic shots.

(and I really like the lens change one…never would have thought that would come out so well)

Amy Martin says:

December 7, 2010 at 8:28 pm

She’s such a beauty!

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