Celebrating milestones in a family is a cherished tradition, and capturing those moments through photography is a way to freeze time and create lasting memories. Last fall, I had the privilege of celebrating our niece Kiana as she celebrated her 16th birthday, a few weeks after my son was born.
In the warm embrace of summer, we embarked on a picturesque photo session that showcased Kiana's beauty and grace. The anticipation and excitement filled the air as she, along with her mom, indulged in professional hair and makeup, setting the stage for a stunning photo shoot.
Our chosen backdrop was the enchanting garden area at the Reading Public Museum, a place that offered a perfect blend of natural beauty and architectural charm. As we parked the car, the air buzzed with the enthusiasm of the day, and we eagerly helped Kiana into her mesmerizing pink dress. With every step across the bridge to the garden, the anticipation grew, and her Abuela (Lala), mom, and I worked together to ensure her dress flowed elegantly.
The garden provided a canvas for capturing moments of pure radiance. Throughout the session, passersby couldn't help but pause and admire the vision of the young woman before us. One little girl, in particular, was captivated, pointing and exclaiming "princess" as Kiana gracefully posed for the camera.
We strolled along the garden path, each step unveiling a new facet of Kiana's personality. The lush surroundings complemented her vibrant spirit, creating a harmonious blend of nature and youth. As we reached the creek, Kiana, undeterred by the flowing water, waded in, finding sturdy stones to stand on, tall and proud.
The creek became a natural stage, with the water reflecting the joy and vibrancy of the moment. The contrast between the softness of her dress and the ruggedness of the creek added a dynamic element to the photographs, making each frame tell a unique story. It was as if she was on the threshold of adulthood, ready to embrace the journey ahead. The combination of the flowing water and her poised presence made for truly captivating images.
In the years to come, these photographs will serve as a time capsule, preserving the essence of Kiana's transition into young adulthood. The laughter, the elegance, and the sheer beauty of the day will forever be etched in these images—a testament to the joy that family, tradition, and photography can bring together in perfect harmony.
Hair & Makeup: Ciara Lopez, Faces by C
Dress: VIP Fashion