This Mom Photographs Little Girls as Athletic Princesses to Show That Girls Don’t Have to Choose Between Being Strong and Feminine

Little girls are innocent, but that doesn’t mean they’re weak. Children surprise us in many ways, and girls do it by looking delicate while holding a solid power to follow their will on the inside. It’s sort of a “girl paradox,” and that’s what Heather Mitchell from HMP Couture Imagery reveals in a series of photographs. She portrays girls as princesses and athletes. They’re dressed in dazzling gowns and holding basketballs and baseball bats. The “helpless girl” becomes the “independent girl” who can do the most delicate and the toughest job. And the story behind the pictures is what takes the prize.

Join AZtag in taking a peek at the story and at these gorgeous and inspiring shots.

1. Heather Mitchell was at her daughter Paislee’s softball practice when she made a confession to another mom.

This Mom Photographs Little Girls as Athletic Princesses to Show That Girls Don’t Have to Choose Between Being Strong and Feminine

2. She wished her girl loved the game because she’s athletic.

This Mom Photographs Little Girls as Athletic Princesses to Show That Girls Don’t Have to Choose Between Being Strong and Feminine

3. The mom’s response took her by surprise: No, she’s a girly girl.

This Mom Photographs Little Girls as Athletic Princesses to Show That Girls Don’t Have to Choose Between Being Strong and Feminine

4. But that casual comment got Heather thinking.

This Mom Photographs Little Girls as Athletic Princesses to Show That Girls Don’t Have to Choose Between Being Strong and Feminine

5. She realized that girls shouldn’t have to choose between being girly and athletic: They can be both.

6. So she took some photos of her daughter in a princess dress, holding softballs.

This Mom Photographs Little Girls as Athletic Princesses to Show That Girls Don’t Have to Choose Between Being Strong and Feminine

7. The pics went viral and the next day she was flooded with messages: Other moms wanted their girls to be photographed like Paislee!

This Mom Photographs Little Girls as Athletic Princesses to Show That Girls Don’t Have to Choose Between Being Strong and Feminine

8. So she held some photo sessions to help other girls prove they don’t fit in just one box.

This Mom Photographs Little Girls as Athletic Princesses to Show That Girls Don’t Have to Choose Between Being Strong and Feminine

9. That’s why this photoshoot is named: “Because you can do it all.”

This Mom Photographs Little Girls as Athletic Princesses to Show That Girls Don’t Have to Choose Between Being Strong and Feminine

10. But these little girls already knew they could do it all.

This Mom Photographs Little Girls as Athletic Princesses to Show That Girls Don’t Have to Choose Between Being Strong and Feminine

11. During the sessions they had a blast.

This Mom Photographs Little Girls as Athletic Princesses to Show That Girls Don’t Have to Choose Between Being Strong and Feminine

12. They were proud to show off both their tough and delicate sides.

13. They pose with flower crowns, while holding baseballs.

14. Or hold their baseball glove, while wearing a tulle dream dress with matching sneakers.

15. And a soft pinkish background gives a fairy tale look to the scenes.

16. Princesses or champions? More like Princesses and champions.

Delicacy can also be strong, and girls and women prove this daily. What’s the best part about being a girl? And, if you have one, what do you think is the hardest part of raising a girl? Type your comments below!

Preview photo credit Heather Mitchell – HMP Couture Imagery / Facebook, Heather Mitchell – HMP Couture Imagery / Facebook