I have all boys. But I am lucky enough to have 4 beautiful nieces! A few years ago, I started taking the girls birthday shopping on each of their birthdays. We would go to the mall and have some lunch and do some girl shopping. It is always my favorite day(s) of the year. I love chatting with the girls and seeing their style and personality come out and getting special one on one time with them. They love picking out their own clothes and there are no returns involved. Win/win!
When my oldest niece Ashlynn turned 13 a few years ago she had a special family celebration and I offered to do photos to display at the party and it was so much fun. So this year, McKenzie is turning 13 so naturally she got a photo shoot too. We had so much fun and I can’t wait for my younger nieces to hit the 13 year mark!!!
McKenzie has always been the spitfire of the group. Quick to laugh, quick to anger, quick to restore to happiness again. She is so much fun to be around and helps to make sure everyone is laughing and having a good time. She has the greatest laugh and quite possibly the loudest too, which spreads the joy around for all to hear. I love it!
I can’t believe how much she has grown up and matured in the last year. I noticed it when my son turned from 12 to 13 too. They change so much in those teenage years. They get bigger, straighter teeth (thanks to braces) and they lose their baby face. Another reason why it is so nice to document this new stage!
She brought along a friend (Hi Mel!) because everything is funner with a friend. Teens always feel more comfortable when they have friends along so I was happy to oblige my Kenzie girl.
And what teenager doesn’t want pictures with their BFF?
Melanie is so cute and quiet (at least she was during the session). Perhaps she is the ying to McKenzie’s yang!
Quit looking so grown up and beautiful! It is making me all misty and sentimental.
I love her blue eyes and freckles. They are my favorite.
She got a new bike and wanted to include it in the pictures and I about died and went to heaven when I saw it.
Isn’t it adorable?? I have always wanted to do a shoot with a cute, old-fashioned bike so thanks Kenzie!
Pair a cute bike with a beautiful teenage girl and a floral crown and magic happens.
Thanks to her big sister, so also got a cute new hairdo for this set of pictures. How fun is her hair in these big loopy braidy things (#boymom so I don’t know all the terminology)?
Seriously McKenzie. I want to burst with pride and burst into tears that you are growing up too fast all at the same time.
I love you to pieces and I am so glad that I get to be your Auntie!!
Happy 13th birthday.