My little Ballerina Birthday Girl

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We’ve got a birthday, shout hooray! My baby girl is FIVE today! {To see her Ballerina Birthday Party, click on the link}

Pictures of a ballet dancer in her tutu

It’s painful and joyful all at the same time. I planned to wax all nostalgic with word and picture, but for now, I just want to crank out a few pictures that I took of her last week, before the day is over. I took her to my friends dance studio, and she twirled around like a ballerina for me.Β 

Tiny Dancer


This sweet girl has never taken dance classes. She taught herself her moves from a few episodes of Angelina Ballerina. Being the fourth child, I’ve really hesitated to add any more onto MY plate by enrolling her into a class, and she doesn’t seem to mind. In due time. Β 

Dancing in a ballet studio

We were only there less than 10 minutes, but got some fun shots!

Ballerina dancing

My friend Tracey took a few of us, too.

Ballerina dancing

Oh, how I love this girl

Mom and Ballerina

I even let her put on a little lipstick for the occasion…

ballerina photography

ballet dancer photography

dancer girl



Can you take a guess at the theme of her birthday party that will be on Saturday?

Found thisΒ cute leotard with tutuΒ on Amazon.

I shared some of my favorite images of my girl on Instagram today, but here are links to those posts to view more of my photo shoots with my girl throughout the years. Click on the links below to see more fun pictures!

First years pictures in field of yellow flowers

Photography in a field of yellow flowers

My 17 month old baby

Pictures of baby with a gum ball machine

2nd Birthday, Mary Had a Little Lamb Party

mary had a little lamb birthday party

3 years in the bluebonnets

Kids Photography in flower field

Ruffle Romper

Ruffle Romper

3rd Birthday, Lalaloopsey Party

Lalaloopsey party

4th Birthday, Pretty Purple Party

purple party wig

5th birthday, Ballerina Party


Happy Birthday, my sweet girl.

Join The Discussion



  1. Meghan says:

    could have fooled me that she hasn’t taken a dance class. She looks like a natural!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      she is a natural! I need to find something for her soon!

  2. Jacqueline says:

    FIVE? Ouch! Time really does fly…

    • Kristen Duke says:

      painful, indeed!

  3. Tina says:

    Your little girl is precious and time will continue to feel as if it’s flying by, it’s so wonderful that you are capturing these moments. I say this from experience as I am now sharing precious moments with my young grandchildren. Beautiful job! Thanks for sharing, inspiring and teaching.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thank you, Tina! I love to hear your perspective. She and I are both struggling with her going off to kinder next year, but I know there is so much more in store for both of us!

  4. Nicole says:

    I adore these pictures! I love the first one, and the editing really captures a timeless quality with the black and white. And the ones with the two of you are so fun (last one my fave)! I hope she has a really fun birthday party. Don’t forget to enjoy it too, Mama πŸ™‚

    • Kristen Duke says:

      thank you, thank you! I did enjoy the day and the party. I don’t often go for black and white, but it works well with these images!

  5. When I was six I was dreaming about being prima ballerina πŸ™‚
    Nice to see you and your daughter so happy πŸ˜‰

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I think we all dreamed of it at one point, me too! If nothing else, she can say she was a ballerina here!

  6. Rachel says:

    Love that little girl! She is doing some great ballet moves, too! Angelina Ballerina is a good teacher. πŸ˜‰

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Angelina Ballerina does pretty much rock! Love ya, Rach!

  7. She’s beautiful, Kristen! I hope she had a wonderful birthday. I can’t wait to see party pictures! πŸ™‚

    • Kristen Duke says:

      thankyou, Crystal!! I wish I could squeeze you, friend!

  8. Too, too sweet Kristen! What wonderful pics!

  9. Jenn says:

    Beautiful daughter and beautiful photos! She looks like a born ballerina! πŸ™‚

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