This session obviously holds a special place in my heart ….. my girl and her bff since kindergarten!

I know it may seem like I would photograph my own kids all the time, but truth be told …. I don’t have time usually.  Those who know me, know that I work pretty much 24/7 and rarely have time to even sit and watch a movie with my family, much less shoot photos with them…… it’s something I am working on changing this year.

I promised myself that 2017 would be my year of getting back to “me” .. and my family.  My kids are all about to leave the nest …. I want to savor this time with them.

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We decided to take a last minute trip to Northern California last November … just us girls — myself, Avery and Kailey and her mom and MY bff Charlene — and course Jami!   🙂

These girls are more like sisters … have been since the age of four.  We did a special session with them at age thirteen, so we followed it up by this one – for age sixteen.   Next year, my daughter will be a SENIOR … so lots more photosessions to come….

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Sweet 16 Destination {Portraits by Renee Bowen http://www.reneebowen.com} [post_title]

The girls wanted a redwood forest ….. I was definitely on board for this!  My favorite place in the United States….

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The California Redwoods are magical …. just an amazing place full of life and clean crisp air.  The girls had a blast running through the forest – and I just love these images of them!

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I have had the privilege of watching Kailey grow into a gorgeous young woman … and she has the most kind heart.  Always there for my daughter – no matter what.  This kind of friendship does not come along often – I’m so very grateful for K and her family….they have helped me feel a sense of family here in CA – where we are so far from our own relatives.

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Sweet 16 Destination {Portraits by Renee Bowen http://www.reneebowen.com} [post_title]

Sweet 16 Destination {Portraits by Renee Bowen http://www.reneebowen.com} [post_title]

I still can’t believe my little girl is on the precipice of adulthood….not sure how this all happened so quickly.  But she is STUNNING … as well as smart/funny/strong-willed/empathetic.  Could not be more proud.

We headed to San Fransisco for some shots there too – because why not?

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Sweet 16 Destination {Portraits by Renee Bowen http://www.reneebowen.com} [post_title]

Sweet 16 Destination {Portraits by Renee Bowen http://www.reneebowen.com} [post_title]

Sweet 16 Destination {Portraits by Renee Bowen http://www.reneebowen.com} [post_title]

Sweet 16 Destination {Portraits by Renee Bowen http://www.reneebowen.com} [post_title]

Sweet 16 Destination {Portraits by Renee Bowen http://www.reneebowen.com} [post_title]

LOVED being able to do this with my daughter — thankful as always to Jami Cox for the amazing hair and makeup, as always!

YOU can have your own destination shoot, hit me up for details!

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