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Brielle’s Sweet 16th Birthday

Brielle has been following my blog since her Aunt Shandelle’s wedding in March 2011. She’s always a faithful encourager and I love reading her comments on almost all my blog posts. It was exciting to receive an email from her mom, Christy, last month. I saw the last name, and asked, “Is your daughter Brielle?!” Indeed, she was. Christy was planning the ultimate 16th Birthday-Day for Brielle. Hair and nails and makeup in the morning, photo session with her best friend, afternoon high tea with “the women of the family” and dinner to finish the day!

Christy went all-out for this photo shoot. Brielle had no idea what was coming when they pulled up to a farm in South Langley. In fact, she was blindfolded. ;) Blue is Brielle’s favourite colour, and a VW bug her favourite car. Christy found one on Craigslist and rented it for the shoot. Brielle was led by her mom and her best friend Rachael to the car, where I was waiting with my camera. She was so surprised to see the car (Christy made sure to specify it was just a prop… not a gift, haha!) and me!

Brielle and Rachael had fun dressing up in two borrowed grad gowns and playing with all of the props and accessories her mom had coordinated. Both girls are stunningly gorgeous and a blast to shoot. They’ve been friends for 8 years and share such a special relationship — it was a joy to spend 2 hours with them last week. Happy 16th Birthday Brielle! Hoping it’s an abundant year for you!

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  1. Sarah Dobsin says:

    Wow, I love everything about this!
    Thoughtful gifts get me every time.

  2. Hannah Elise says:

    oh my word these are SO adorable! love it.

  3. ellie be says:

    so cute! love love love these.

  4. Cristi says:

    Oh my goodness! How sweet is she?! I love every single shot! What an awesome and loving gift!

  5. Nikki says:

    How sweet! Something I would do for my daughter. Wonderful work Jamie!!

  6. Brielle says:

    Thank you again Jamie, I love them so so so much!!!!!!

  7. jenn says:

    super sweet! love this!

  8. Joelynn says:

    Lovely session! They both are beautiful!

  9. Jessica says:

    oh gosh, is she ever gorgeous. tell her i said happy birthday? :) xx

  10. Jacinthe says:

    They are indeed stunningly gorgeous! I love all of these photos and am sure they will be extra special memories that Brielle and her mom will cherish for years and years to come! Congratulations on an awesome job Jamie! And happy belated birthday Brielle!!! :)

  11. That is the sweetest 16th birthday ever … feeling the love – (only now I wish I had a daughter!)

  12. Jill says:

    These are adorable. Such a beauty.

  13. Emily says:

    What a sweet and fun surprise! Such a great age to capture like this.

  14. Shandelle says:

    Jamie…amazing photos of my beautiful niece Brielle. She is indeed an incredible young woman and I am so happy that you got to spend some time with her and Rachel. The photos are absolutely stunning!!! You definitely captured who Brielle is in the pics. Well done. Happy Birthday B!!!!

  15. Quynci says:

    These are SO CUTE!

  16. Jasminw says:

    What an amazing present!
    Great photos… love it :)

  17. shawna says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this! What an amazing idea & stunning images! Xo*S

  18. abby says:

    Stunning dresses, stunning girls, and stunning photographs! This is great. And the car is amazing!

  19. These are too precious! I love, love, love their outfits in the second set!

  20. Emily says:

    I want to do something like this for my daughter when she turns 16…and I don’t even have kids yet! Haha. These photos are beautiful. What a fun experience to be part of!

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  22. Ashlyn says:

    These girls are gorgeous! Loved their dresses (all four of them) and the VW is cool!! :)

  23. Jocee says:

    absolutely adorable. :)

  24. Elise says:

    How beautiful! :)

  25. kelly Kasteel says:

    What a sweet entrance to 16. Brielle always has been and still is such a beautiful girl through and through. These pictures are over the top gorgeous! What a talented photographer! And well done Christy that is a SUPER gift ;0). xoxo

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I’m Jamie! I capture joyful wedding and portrait photos that feel like you—through easy, natural posing. Since 2008,  I've photographed over 270 weddings and nearly 300 family sessions and it’s a joy to spend my career capturing natural, joyful images!

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