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Today is my daughters birthday.  I know it isn’t something I normally blog about, but this morning she let me take her to the local park to take some photos of her.

LeanneCole-brionybirthday-7737Today she is turning 20 and as her mother I can say I am so proud of her.  She has had a rough few years but has really come out of it well.

LeanneCole-brionybirthday-7866It was fun trying to get images of her.  Not the images you normally get when people pose, but the images of her as I know her.  The way she laughs and smiles.  We gave her the skirt for her birthday.

LeanneCole-brionybirthday-8054I think she is beautiful and has grown up to be a wonderful person.  It was so much fun going out with her this morning to take her photo, it has been a while since she let me.  Normally she pulls silly faces, and she did do that, but if you wait after she pulls one, she smiles and starts laughing, so I got some lovely ones as well.

Happy Birthday Briony

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  1. Ajaytao2010 #

    So cute and a wonderful smile

    Happy birthday to her :) :)

    May 15, 2014
    • I think so too, thank you. :)

      May 15, 2014
      • Ajaytao2010 #

        thank you :)

        May 15, 2014
  2. beautiful :) congrats!

    May 15, 2014
  3. Beautiful girl, beautiful photos. Looks like she is having a very happy birthday. COngratualations to her and you!

    May 15, 2014
    • Thank you, I think she is beautiful too. I think she is, it is really nice.

      May 15, 2014
  4. Happy birthday! She is lovely.

    May 15, 2014
  5. Beautiful young lady!!

    May 15, 2014
  6. Hey Leanne … she looks gorgeous! Love the middle shot .. Birthday wishes from New Zealand :)

    May 15, 2014
  7. Happy Birthday to Briony! She is a lovely young lady! Congratulations to the parents for a job well done in regard to her education! Congrats to the photographer for these wonderful shots! Yes, job well done, Leanne! :)

    May 15, 2014
    • Thank you so much Fabio, we are very proud of her.

      May 15, 2014
      • Leanne, you have all the reasons to be very proud of her! I am very glad with this posting! :)

        May 15, 2014
      • Thank you Fabio. :)

        May 15, 2014
  8. She is beautiful! Great photography Leanne. :)

    May 15, 2014
  9. Darned kids refuse to stop growing up, don’t they Leanne!? She’s a beauty, you must be very proud. her smile is really infections. You’ve caught her personality wonderfully.

    May 15, 2014
    • I have to say Tina, I have enjoyed nearly every minute and I have loved watching her grow up, it is so amazing. I am very proud of her, and she certainly has one of those smiles, thank you so much.

      May 15, 2014
  10. Happy Birthday Briony looking good

    May 15, 2014
  11. Happy Birthday! Beautiful young lady! great photos of her!

    May 15, 2014
  12. i like the 3rd photo best, the sort of impressionistic look of the background

    May 15, 2014
    • I was trying out the 50mm, wish I had used it more, will do that next time. Thank you.

      May 15, 2014
  13. Beautiful!

    May 15, 2014
  14. Some great informal portraits of your daughter. Well done Leanne and Happy Birthday Briony.

    May 15, 2014
  15. Happy Birthday to your lovely daughter!

    May 15, 2014
  16. Tell Briony Happy Birthday from someone whose birthday is also today….well, it’s today on this side of the world…the 14th…interesting that we can have the same birthday on different days…!!! Happy Birthday Briony!. Nice portraits, Leanne! I always felt a little strange celebrating my birthday. I didn’t really do much way back then other than yell and scream…I think I should be celebrating my mom on my birthday. :)

    May 15, 2014
    • It is very strange, birthday on different dates but on the same day in the world, haha. Thank you RK, we had a lot of fun doing them this morning. I really enjoyed it and I think she did too. She is wonderful now, couple of years weren’t so great, but she has grown into a lovely young lady. :)

      May 15, 2014
    • We have a 22 year old son and a daughter who will turn 20 in August. My wife used to always say, “Little kids, little problems….” It is so very satisfying when they do grow out of the bigger problems. Or, as our great American novelist Mark Twain once said, ” When I was 16 my father was the dumbest man in the world. When I turned 21, it was amazing how much HE had learned!’.
      Hold her tight as you let her go! She will remember.

      May 15, 2014
      • I love that quote, I can really relate to it especially with my younger daughter. Thank you so much RK.

        May 15, 2014
  17. She is a beautiful young lady! Be proud. : ) From one mother to another.

    May 15, 2014
  18. Beautiful portraits! Happy birthday to her, hope you had wonderful celebration with her :)

    May 15, 2014
  19. Happy birthday to her! What a lovely color her eyes are.

    May 15, 2014
    • She does have a great eye colour, especially with the red hair, thank you.

      May 15, 2014
  20. I wish her a hundred more!!! She’s lovely.

    May 15, 2014
  21. Very special photos of your daughter, Leanne! I can tell she was enjoying the day by her lovely expressions, which you captured well.

    May 15, 2014
  22. She’s beautiful! Oh Leanne, I need a tissue. My Baby Girl is a bit older than your Briony, she too is a May baby. Her birthday is Sat. She had some tough hurdles to over come as well. I hope you two are able to remain friends or become good friends as she matures and becomes the woman you’ve always known she can be.
    Happy Birthday Briony!

    FYI- I’m a May baby too. Can you image two stubborn women in the house? Sometimes I think it’s a miracle we’ve survived. “)

    May 15, 2014
    • Haha thank you. It is so nice to see them overcome their problems and become better people because of it. I think we will, she is a great person to be around these days.
      So, is it like having two virgos? I think it is amazing any of them survive sometimes.

      May 15, 2014
  23. “Doğum günün kutlu olsun”to your Spikette :D

    May 15, 2014
  24. Very nice Leanne…you are blessed that she spent that time with you and let you do that. :) She is very pretty. :)

    May 15, 2014
    • Thank you, I think so too, she was very happy to do it, which was even better, that doesn’t happen much anymore. I think she is too. :)

      May 15, 2014
  25. Wishing Happy & wonderful birthday ! ! ! ! !

    May 15, 2014
  26. Happy Birthday to Briony! Beautiful photos! Lucky girl to have a professional photographer for a mom :) ~ Sheila

    May 15, 2014
    • Oh thank you Sheila, it was nice to get some nice shots.

      May 15, 2014
  27. Great blog! Your daughter is absolutely beautiful!

    May 15, 2014
  28. Great work, Leanne, in the child-rearing and the photos! It can be really tricky to get decent photos of one’s kids in my experience (or any at all in the teen years…)

    May 15, 2014
    • Thank you Sukie, we are amazed we got through it sometimes, it was close. It can be, even more so to get them to let you take photos willingly.

      May 15, 2014
      • My youngest now complains that I didn’t take many – I should have ‘made’ him, apparently.:)

        May 15, 2014
      • Haha, they are funny like that, I keep getting told by the second that I didn’t take enough of her when she was little. You can’t win.

        May 15, 2014
  29. Happy Birthday to Briony !!

    May 15, 2014
  30. Ah Happy Birthday to the lovely young lady! So quickly hey?

    May 15, 2014
  31. These are lovely photos of your daughter Leanne and you should be very proud of her. Happy Birthday, Briony!

    May 15, 2014
  32. Happy Birthday to your daughter. It looks like you shared a special time together. :)

    May 15, 2014
    • Thank you, it was nice doing this just the two of us, then we went for coffee, it was a great morning. :)

      May 15, 2014
  33. She’s absolutely beautiful!

    May 15, 2014
  34. Lovely images of a lovely young woman….happy birthday!

    May 15, 2014
  35. A happy birthday to Briony -gorgeous photos to go with a gorgeous day weather wise too, if not a bit windy :)

    May 15, 2014
    • Thank you, it was great weather, the wind was great.

      May 15, 2014
  36. sarahlearichards #

    Thank you for sharing. She is naturally lovely.

    May 15, 2014
  37. A popular day…..its my granddaughter’s 15th birthday today and she also is growing into a wonderful human being : )) beautiful pics….

    May 15, 2014
    • Happy Birthday to your granddaughter trees, it is lovely day. Thank you.

      May 15, 2014
  38. Reblogged this on dunjav.

    May 15, 2014
  39. Lovely portraits! What a great birthday gift!

    May 15, 2014
    • Thank you, it was so good to get some nice images of her.

      May 15, 2014
  40. Happy Birthday to your daughter Leanne. Your daughter is beautiful and so are your images. :)

    May 15, 2014
  41. happy birthday to your bri, you are right, she is a beauty, and her smile lights up her face ) beth

    May 15, 2014
    • Thank you Beth, her whole face does light up when she smiles.

      May 15, 2014
  42. Happy birthday Briony! She photographs beautifully! Kids grow so fast! That is cool she let you photograph her! Hugz Lisa and Bear

    May 15, 2014
    • They do grow up fast, hard to believe that 20 years ago she was so small, I am glad she finally did, she usually says no. Now I have to try and get the other one to agree. Thanks Lisa.

      May 15, 2014
  43. How lovely, Leanne! :) She’s so pretty … anyone would fall in love with her! Heartiest Birthday wishes to her!

    May 15, 2014
  44. Happy Birthday Briony!

    May 15, 2014
  45. Adorable. Happy Birthday

    May 15, 2014
  46. Happy birthday to such a lovely looking young woman!

    May 15, 2014
    • I think she is too, I know I am her mother, but I do think she has grown in a lovely young woman.

      May 15, 2014
  47. Happy Birthday to your daughter! I hope she had a good day, and maybe cake too. She looks so happy in those photos, and the autumn leaves in the background add a nice soft touch. You must be very proud of her.

    Hope your week has been great. I had a rough one but so happy tomorrow is Friday, and the weather is just great. Received a $20 Target voucher in the post too today :)

    May 15, 2014
    • I think she has Mabel, she said she had enjoyed herself when we had dinner at the Loving Hut in Richmond. It has been a great birthday. I went to that place for the autumn leaves, thought they would be perfect.

      It has been nice, taking lots of photos, though looks like a very busy weekend, starting with a charity do tomorrow night. The weather is going to be fantastic I think. Wow, that is great, why?

      May 15, 2014
      • Loving Hut seems like a great restaurant to go to, might give it a try in July. Autumn leaves are really starting to show, aren’t they. I noticed that the leaves on trees in the city were yellow when I went to work this morning.

        Sounds like you’re busy with what you love doing, that’s great. I hope to make a living out of what I love doing, like you, someday. I did surveys online and got enough points for my voucher :D

        May 15, 2014
      • It is a nice place, and the food is not what I expected, it was quite nice. We are finally getting our Autumn, as in the colours so happy. I’m going to Walhalla this week and it is supposed to be gorgeous this time of the year, so I hope it is.

        Busy, but in a good way. I hope I do too, I do love teaching so it would be good to make it work. I hope you do too, it is hard work though and takes discipline. That is great, you have done that with other things too haven’t you. Maybe I should try it. :D

        May 16, 2014
  48. Happy Birthday to her. She is beautiful indeed :)

    May 15, 2014
  49. She is beautiful ….. I really like the second one where you can sense some shyness and real joy

    May 15, 2014
    • Thank you Nelson, that second one is really her, to a T, so to speak, my husband thinks so too.

      May 15, 2014
  50. Happy Birthday to your daughther!

    May 15, 2014
  51. Happy Birthday to your daughter Briony and congrats on being the best mom in the world Leanna Cole!!!

    May 15, 2014
    • I don’t know about being the best mum, but I am certainly a proud one today. Thank you.

      May 15, 2014
  52. leecleland #

    Happy, happy 20th Birthday, Briony.

    May 15, 2014
  53. She is lovely. Happy Birthday Briony.

    May 15, 2014
  54. Nice lively shots of your daughter. Happy Birthday to her. I wish I was just turning 20 again :-)

    May 15, 2014
    • Thank you Stevie, Oh, I know what you mean, her whole life in front of her. :)

      May 15, 2014
  55. Happy Birthday – enjoy each and every one of them – each year is a gift not afforded to everyone.

    May 15, 2014
  56. Please wish my best to your daughter … And you have done an amazing job at capturing her beauty and innocence from the mothers eye :)

    May 15, 2014
    • I will and thank you, it is good when the photographer knows the person they are photographing. :)

      May 16, 2014
  57. She’s darling :-)

    May 15, 2014
  58. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez #

    Briony is a beautiful young woman. Hard times come along just to remind us how wonderful and fragile life can be. <3

    May 16, 2014
    • That is a wonderful way of putting it Jackie, she has come through it well. Thank you.

      May 16, 2014
  59. Lovely pictures. Wish her happy birthday! You must be one proud Mum!

    May 16, 2014
  60. Fabulous shots of your daughter – a big Happy Birthday wish from Texas!

    May 16, 2014
  61. Happy Birthday!!! Beautiful shots Leanne. :)

    May 16, 2014
  62. sandlera #

    Beautiful photography and subject. Happy birthday to her and congratulations to you.

    May 16, 2014
    • Thank you Anne, it was nice to have her be willing to let me take the photos.

      May 16, 2014
  63. A very Happy Birthday to her :-) The first photo of her is absolutely stunning!

    May 16, 2014
    • I will tell her, and thank you, I like that one best too. :)

      May 16, 2014
      • She has a natural, contented look :-) Does Briony look like you by any chance? It’s quite how I imagine you! It’s funny seeing the autumnal colours there whilst I’m photographing early summer blooms. I’ve always loved autumn, wonderful colours and great light!

        May 16, 2014
      • I don’t think she looks like me, but I get told over and over that my younger daughter is a dead ringer for me, a mini me, so to speak. She denies it of course. It is hard to tell. Though people see photos of Klara and say she has to be your daughter. We have finally started getting the Autumn colours, we didn’t think it was going to happen here, but glad it is finally. It is so pretty. I’m with you, I love this time of year. You will be back into it before you know Sarah. Thank you.

        May 16, 2014
      • Oh I know, time does fly!! I always think that my sister looks more like my mum and my brother like my dad, I’m somewhere in between. The older I get the more I remind myself of my Nain (Welsh for gran)!

        May 16, 2014
      • It does, not that I am complaining, I enjoyed my time with them growing up, but I like it more now. It is funny who we look like, even personalities, one daughter is more like my husband in that regard and the other more like me. Lots of clashes. I know I am my grandmother, I have the same shape, don’t know about looks, possibly, but I am her in some ways.

        May 16, 2014
      • Lots of clashes with us too but we’re still a very closely bonded family! When Nain got older and had hip problems she started walking with a waddling gait. My brother used to say “like a penguin”! I do that already thanks to the fibromyalgia ;-) I rather like penguins though so I’m ok with that! My partner’s grandson looks just like him and he’s only 8 months old :-)

        May 16, 2014
      • That is great to hear, close families are nice, unfortunately ours isn’t. I am glad you like penguins, when I think of penguins as people I think Nuns, so I hope you dont’ wear the habit too. It is funny how DNA works. Thanks Sarah.

        May 16, 2014
      • Close has its own complications! When I think of penguins as people I tend to think of my Nain and elderly people who have trouble walking. And myself! No, my habit is purely photographic ;-) Nature and nurture is fascinating!

        May 18, 2014
      • That’s for sure. Oh no, I am sure you don’t really walk like a penguin, maybe you were a penguin in a previous life, and it is only coming out now. It certainly is Sarah.

        May 18, 2014
      • I really do! If I were a penguin in a previous life I hope I was a Macaroni ;-)

        May 19, 2014
      • LOL, :D

        May 19, 2014
  64. Liana #

    lovellllly :)

    May 16, 2014
  65. Happy birthday

    May 16, 2014
  66. Very special with a tangible softness

    May 16, 2014
  67. Beautiful photos, Leanne, of a beautiful daughter. What a lovely way to spend her birthday. Happy birthday to her, and congratulations to you, mama :)

    May 16, 2014
  68. Happy Birthday to your daughter.
    Love the full body shot where she is smiling BIG. What a pretty smile. :)

    May 16, 2014
    • That full body shot RoSy, really is her, that is how we think of her, laughing and giggling. Thank you. :)

      May 16, 2014
  69. Tell her that she is truly gorgeous! :) Great photos!

    May 16, 2014
    • Thank you, I will, though I hope she will read the comments here, she should. :)

      May 16, 2014
  70. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful young lady!

    May 16, 2014
  71. A beautiful post Leanne. You really got her to open up here…..

    May 16, 2014
    • I think it helped that she really wanted to do the photos, so she was willing to have fun with it, and we did. Thanks

      May 16, 2014
  72. Belated birthday wishes! (Hey, I can’t help it if I am only reading this now!) She is lovely.

    May 16, 2014
    • Haha, that’s okay, just means her birthday goes for longer, Thank you, I will pass them on.

      May 16, 2014
  73. What can I say, super cute photos and Happy B-Day wish you the best….

    May 16, 2014
  74. superb shots. Your daughter is a great model !

    May 16, 2014
    • Thank you, it is great when she wants to be photographed.

      May 16, 2014
  75. Beautiful photos – she sounds like a lovely person!

    May 16, 2014
    • Thank you Nora, she has become that, and it is great that she thinks of others just as much as herself, I like that.

      May 16, 2014
  76. Lovely, lovely.

    May 16, 2014
  77. making beautiful memories.. :)

    May 16, 2014
  78. Beautiful daughter!
    ~Lindy

    May 16, 2014
  79. Lovely, natural shots! Full of life and feeling!

    May 16, 2014
    • Thank you, I love these sorts of shots, it is her being her, I look at these and I know this is my daughter.

      May 16, 2014
  80. Please give her my belated birthday wishes Leanne. I can see she had a lovely time with you and that you made her day indeed. Stunning shots as usual hon. She is a true beauty for sure and has such a great smile. :D

    May 16, 2014
    • It was a lovely time Sonel, it was so much fun, and I think she enjoyed the attention. I think so too and I will pass on your birthday wishes, thank you.:)

      May 16, 2014
  81. Sweet mom ever! Haha. Nice pictures of hers.
    Happy birthday to her, hope she always happy and God bless her. She’s lovely :)
    Indonesia is too far for a gift for her, so I just give my best prayer :)
    -Shofia

    May 16, 2014
  82. A belated Happy Birthday to your Briony. Beautiful photos of your beautiful girl.

    May 17, 2014
    • Thank you David, I will pass it on, and thanks for that, it was fun getting some shots of her.

      May 17, 2014
  83. Very cute. Lovely photos. She looks fantastic! Congratulations and wish her the best! :)

    May 18, 2014
    • Thank you, I think she’s cute too. I will send on your message. :)

      May 18, 2014
  84. Happy birthday, Briony! Lovely, natural shots, Leanne!

    May 18, 2014
  85. Beautiful and Happy Birthday to your daughter! Now…where are my children…? I think if I pulled out the camera and pointed it towards them they would run away screaming. Hmm, that might make for some interesting shots. :)

    May 18, 2014
    • Thank you, I will pass it on. I hope you found your children?? Mine have been like that, but she has seen how much fun it can be when I photographed one of their friends recently, so she was willing, and she knows I won’t show terrible photos. I hope you get some good ones soon. Good luck. :)

      May 19, 2014
  86. She’s beautiful. Children……babes in arms one day, graduating high school the next…..AND parents wondering where the time has gone.

    May 19, 2014
    • That is so true Mary, but I have to say I haven’t been one of those mothers that didn’t want my children to grown, I looked forward to each stage and never regretted them leaving one. I have loved watching them grow up and develop into wonderful adults. It has been a great time, but I am so glad they aren’t little children anymore. I like them how they are now. Thank you Mary.

      May 19, 2014
  87. I think she is beautiful too and the photos are brilliant.

    May 19, 2014

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