Kia | Lower Yakima Valley

I don’t normally blog seniors, because families are just more my thing.  But getting to photograph Kia in one of her dancing outfits was such a unique opportunity, I had to share. I’m fortunate to live on the reservation where I can see and appreciate the beauty of Native American culture regularly. For those who don’t share that privilege, I hope these photos provide a glimpse.

I also photographed Kia in her everyday clothes for much of the session.  She is absolutely gorgeous, as you can see.

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She has one year left to complete beauty school along with high school. She’s hoping to attend the University of Washington to study business management next fall.

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I took a few quick head shots a week or two prior, so she’d have something to submit for the school annual before the deadline. When she told me her favorite color is maroon, I teased her and said I might have guessed.

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Kia and her family spend almost every weekend through the spring, summer, and fall traveling to PowWows around the country.  Kia, her siblings, her parents, and even her grandmother all dance.

This particular jingle dress was made by Kia’s mother.  (With some help from her father.  Can you believe he sews, too?)  All of the jewelry and accessories were made or beaded by hand.

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The craftsmanship, care, and time invested in this outfit are simply incredible, as is the final product when it’s all put together.  She is stunning.

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Kia has become such a beautiful young lady. She is deeply rooted in a wonderful family and community, with a sense of pride in her culture. The future is nothing less than bright. I’m grateful that I’ve been able to watch her grow, and I’m grateful that I got to photograph her this week. I can’t wait to see what’s ahead.