Lainey is one of four in her family, the other 3 being brothers. When I met her mom she couldn't have been more excited to give a photoshoot to Lainey as a gift. And as you would expect from a girl with three brothers she is competitive, athletic, strong willed and a lot of fun. She is my answer to the girls, who I know, follow my Instagram account and think

I'd really love to do that BUT sports is my thing, that's a little too girly...(although it really does look fun).

To me, that's putting yourself in a box. Why does being athletic and competitive mean you can't look pretty and feminine. Why wouldn't you want to be seen as both? Why do we love the "renaissance" guys? You know the ones who are tough but also show their sensitive side, i.e. a lacrosse player who is artistic. If you want to do something but are concerned what others think then maybe it's time to take a step out of your comfort zone.

Teen portrait of a girl laying in the sand at beach
Teen portrait of a girl laying in the sand at beach
High School senior portrait of blond girl
High School senior portrait of blond girl
High School senior portrait of girl on beach
High School senior portrait of girl on beach
High School Senior picture
High School Senior picture

If you need a little more convincing go to the blog post about Johnna. She showed up to her shoot with a black eye after an altercation on the field. Not even kidding!

I started a new feature on Instagram for the next few months. #wordWednesday. They are words that closely identify with both the girls that I photograph and myself personally.  Lainey is up this week. What are your words?

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