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Bright and smiley. We are all settled in at my kitchen table with toast, crispy bacon, and yogurt, just about to start the interview when I let her know, It may be hard to answer questions while youre chewing, so dont worry about it! Just go ahead, or take your time. Either way!

 

She laughs and nods. Im starting to feel like her confidence will be the least of our worries. Her smile is kind and silly, shes not hiding anything, and she seems eager to start. From the moment she walked in the door she looked giddy. Smiling again, she raises her eyebrows expectantly and gives me an eager look.

 

Emy: What is your full name?

 

Braelyn: Braelyn Dawn Smith.

 

Emy: Tell us about you.

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Braelyn: Well, hmm. I have a family of six, Ive lived in Winchester, VA since I was three years old, I have two sisters and one brother.

 

Emy: Do you like living in a big family?

 

Braelyn: Yeah, I do. I feel like its more fun when you do things all together. Plus, in my family we are all just best friends.

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Emy: Who are the most important people in your life?

 

Braelyn: Well, obviously my family. Probably my best friend, Madison. I really like my family because they look out for me and care about me and always want to know whats going on. And I really like Madison because shes just always there. She cares about everybody a lot.

 

Emy: What are your favorite things to do, favorite places to be, favorite things?

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Braelyn: One of my most favorite things to do would be swimming. I was on a swim team for four years. Another would probably be hanging out with people because I really, really enjoy being with people.

 

I believe it. Shes enjoyable! Her relaxed, welcoming mood is so calming. Braelyn evokes the friendliness of a puppy, with the confidence of a queen. That saying comes to mind: he who makes himself friendly will have friends."

Braelyn: And my favorite placesI really like the downtown mall. Thats my actual favorite place! I just love old-timey stuff. Its just so simple and nice.

She giggles.

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Braelyn: I guess one of my other favorite places is the beach. I just love being by the water.


Emy: What beach do you normally go to?


Braelyn: We have a house down in Myrtle Beach, so we go there a couple times a year.


Emy: Why do you love it?


Braelyn: I feel like everyone is just more relaxed there. The atmosphere is so relaxing and calm.

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Emy: You look like a beach girl, so thats not surprising!

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Braelyns sun-kissed skin and light, curly blonde hair may be the giveaways, but she also laughs and smiles with a beachy care-free joy. She could be one of those billboard ads you see in the dead of January that convinces you to book a mid-winter trip to Jamaica. Her smile is just that convincing.

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Emy: What grade are you in?


Braelyn: 8th grade.


Emy: How do you feel about going into high school?


Braelyn: Im actually excited! Im excited about gong into it and really getting my grades up.


Emy: Earlier you said you really love people. Do you think thats from having a big family?


Braelyn: Well, my sister and I are ten years apart and most of my childhood she always had her friends over, and I just really liked being around older people. So, I just grew to enjoy being around people instead of being by myself.

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Emy: Are you the youngest?


Braelyn: Yes I am.


Emy: Youre very confident.

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LaRue Photography


She giggles. Im sure shes heard it before.


Braelyn: I dont like being shy!

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LaRue Photography


Emy: That will help a lot in high school.


Braelyn: Yeah, thats what everyone tells me!


Emy: What are some of the highlights of your day?

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Braelyn: I actually really enjoy going to school. I just love all my teachers, everyone there, its so much fun. I guess after school one of my biggest highlights would be coming home and talking to my sisters. Jordan is a really funny person and shes hilarious to talk to. Rachell is really caring and likes to listen to people, so if I have a problem, or just need someone to listen shes always there. We usually talk at night.

 

Emy: Thats awesome to have such caring older sisters. I came from a family of five brothers, so I have no idea what thats like.

 

Braelyn: Oh, wow!

 

She laughs. Just imagine laughter in her every answer. It really is!

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Emy: What is a normal day in the life of Braelyn?


Braelyn: Well, school then coming home and reading, or going outside I guess, doing my homework, eating dinner, talk to my brother, watch a tv show, talk to my sisters, then go to bed.

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Emy: Do you love the outdoors?


Braelyn: I do. I really, really love the outside. I like the sounds of birds, frogs, crickets. Its amazing and peaceful. The air smells so much better! I like the atmosphere. Its calming, but I also feel really energized!

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Emy: Do you live in a beautiful area?


Braelyn: Yes! We live on top of a hill and we have a lake, so its really, really nice.


We take a short break to munch on breakfast and chat a little between questions.


Braelyn: Mostly when Im outside I like to read, or take a walk.


Emy: Do you love reading in general?


Braelyn: Yes! Im reading the Harry Potter series, so its taking a long time!

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Emy: What are some of your favorite things?


Braelyn: Umm, food! I really love singing. Thats my absolute favorite thing to do. I love reading and spending time with people. I love, absolutely love animals. They are so adorable! I love cooking and I love watching cooking shows. Cooking was something me and Jordan used to always do together and we started watching this tv show called Top Chef. We would get all the seasons, then go downstairs and watch them, then come upstairs and cook! It was just this really fun thing we used to do. I love the taste of food. I just think its amazing!


Emy: Why do you love singing?"

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Braelyn: I think its amazing how the human voice can sound so beautiful. Its just fascinating. I grew up with a lot of music and singing.


Emy: Who are some of your favorite singers?


Braelyn: Jasmine Thompson and Adele.


Emy: Do you have a lot of chances to sing?


Braelyn: Mostly around the house, but I sang a lot in the play last night at my school. Sometimes my school goes to nursing homes to sing. I get very nervous, but it turns out okay!


Emy: What are your life goals?


Braelyn: I really want to be on Broadway, thats what I want to do. I guess, so far, I just really want to get good grades until I get out of college.

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Emy: What are some of your other favorite things?


Braelyn: My favorite food is steak, my favorite dessert is crème brulee. My favorite color is baby blue. My favorite style for clothes is vintage. My favorite movie is probably Tangled! I really like the girl and how shes just like, I want this and Im gonna get it! My favorite tv show is Raising Hope, its really funny! I like how it shows the family, and even though they are mean to each other they still love each other.


Emy: What is your dream vacation?


Braelyn: Oh wow! Its probably going to Africa. I would just love to go there. I just think the culture down there would be so fascinating, the people and the way they are would be interesting to watch.


Emy: What should we know about you?


Braelyn: Well, everyone knows that Im usually always happy! Some people know that I am sensitive about certain things. Im super sensitive about books, like if someone doesnt like a book I really love Im kind of insulted.


She laughs, almost making fun of herself.


Braelyn: Im also super sensitive about my hair. Through middle school a lot of girls liked to have their hair straight, so that was something I had to deal with. Im always wondering how it looks!

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We share a high-five in total understanding. Curly heads unite!


Braelyn: Well, hmm, Im allergic to cats! And I went on a missionary trip to Guatemala and I would like to go back. I love talking to people. I love movies, I really love movies.


Emy: What are a few words that describe you?


Braelyn: Im not quite sure people say Im intimidating!

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LaRue Photography


Emy: What are words you would use to describe you?


Braelyn: Happy, emotional. I get mad when people dont show what theyre really feeling, or lie. I try to be super honest about how I am feeling.

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Emy: Why did you choose this styling for your photo shoot?

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Braelyn: I guess because Ive always wanted to do something like that and I remember my sister doing something like it with my Aunt Taffys pink prom dress and I just thought it was so beautiful. I wanted to show that I love nature and love to connect with it.


Emy: How would you like to hear yourself described by others?

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She laughs.

Braelyn: I dont really know! I just let people think what they want.

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LaRue Photography


Emy: I could have guessed that.


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She laughs again.

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LaRue Photography


Emy: "What are your dreams and ambitions?

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LaRue Photography


Braelyn: One of my ambitions is to graduate high school early and go to Rivendell. My dream is to be a professional actress. I want to get married young and have a family. Im thirteen, but Ill be fourteen tomorrow.

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LaRue Photography


Emy: Are there any other loves of yours we forgot to tap?

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Braelyn: I love coffee shops! I love candles. Hmm, I love ribbon. I love books. I love clocks, probably because they help me throughout the day, they tell me how much of school is left! I really like the atmosphere in coffee shops and I really like studying there. It always makes me feel smarter.


We are finished and she giggles.


One thing is for sure, if this is her confidence level at fourteen she just may be everything she dreams. Her cheery, silly personality is enticing and welcoming. Natural charm from a nature-loving girl. Ive loved spending this time with her and hearing her heart, full of big dreams and no apologies.

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LaRue Photography


Introducing the un-apologetic, nature-loving warrior princess, Braelyn.