“Are you Yuliya? The photographer?”, someone asked behind me as I was strolling my local farmer’s market in search for the perfect raspberries. I turned to locate the source of the voice. I was met with a young woman with long, curly hair who was surrounded by flowers in her market stand. She was smiling.

“Yes, that’s me,” I said approaching her. She smiled even wider and introduced herself as Kiana, a member of my local Buy Nothing group and someone that I’ve exchanged gifts with a few times. I got really excited and told Kiana I was wearing the mini camera earrings she gifted me and we started talking about photography, cameras and owning businesses.

You see, Kiana is also a photographer. A talented Brooks Institute of Photography graduate, she works with families and children and her work is phenomenal. She captures connection and love like few others. I an in awe of Kiana’s work and I told her as much.

After that first meeting we’ve stayed in touch. I saw Kiana in the neighborhood walking her beautiful golden retriever. I followed her on social media and loved her voice of authenticity and vulnerability in a sea of fabricated Instagram posts.

Kiana documented her pregnancy beautifully and I loved seeing her go through this amazing process of growing a tiny human.

A week or so ago, I finally got to meet her little girl Aria and photograph them both together.

While it was a day full of surprises and small stresses for both of them, we were able to capture a few beautiful shots of the two of them together before Aria was done with photography for the day. 🙂

But with the beautiful backdrop that Kiana and her mom put together, the lovely pink gowns they both wore and the smiles on their faces, we now have portraits that they both will love for years to come.

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…”
― Susan Polis Schutz

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