Kaylee Rivera senior portrait
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Senior portraits are a big deal for many teens. They mark your last school picture day ever, and are usually part of your most treasured high school yearbook (aka 12th grade — the big one). Which is why we’re pretty much melting over Kaylee Pirrotta-Rivera, a Florida teen who recreated her late mom’s senior year yearbook photo.

Rivera’s mom died three years ago when she was a freshman, and her father passed two years later — meaning this homage to the past is especially meaningful for her. “I’ve always wanted to re-create it. It’s a photo that she always showed me when I was little. I would look at it when I was little and think, Oh my gosh, she’s so pretty,” Rivera told BuzzFeed news.

The photo in question featured Rivera’s mom in a red feathered top with sparkly earrings, her hair parted to the side. The recreation photo, posted Sunday, March 25th, was so on point that it went viral in a matter of days.

Check it out:

Friends, followers, and well-meaning strangers soon chimed in with praise. false


While Rivera admits she had no idea her photo was going to take off like it did, the exercise has definitely made her feel closer to her mother.

Okay, we’re not going to pretend we’re not crying rn. So excuse us while we go find several boxes of tissues. Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute with the world, Kaylee.