Our Little Ballerina

When they tell new moms not to blink, because their precious newborn baby will grow up too fast, they sure weren’t kidding. I still think of Juniper as the tiny little face pressed against mine while I breathe in her newborn skin smell watching her tiny little nose inhale and exhale. But here we are already photographing her as a big girl ballerina for her very first ballet recital. I know she is still “little”, but the last 6 years seem to have went by in fast forward. Another few blinks and she’ll be off to college!

We had to shoot a wedding on the Saturday night recital, but I was able to take some pictures on dress rehearsal night. I also had to miss out on the formal portraits at the ballet studio due to a headshot session that had already been scheduled (#lifeofaphotographer #mommyfail), so I took her portraits in our in-home studio. My friend Josh from 3MI Photography was the official photographer, so for any of our fellow ballet moms, be sure to order those shots from him before they expire!

I remember my mom telling me a long time ago that when I was born, she thought I looked like a little china doll. I never paid much attention to that until the moment the nurses handed Juniper to me and I swear she was so perfect that she really looked like a little china doll! I think about that moment a lot, since it was definitely one of those once in a lifetime experiences. Well, on rehearsal night I grabbed a program and looked for Jun’s group and saw her listed as part of the “China Dolls”. I didn’t realize her cute little outfit was a china doll outfit (I thought it was some kind of german dance getup, haha. I obviously didn’t look at it very well). So yeah, I immediately started balling and her sweet little newborn china doll face popped up in my head as I watched her twirl and plié across the stage. Sigh…

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I loved these shots after dress rehearsal of her outside the school. Maybe baby doll!

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