I first came to know Butcher’s Sew Shop as a student in their knits 101 class, and I was immediately head over heels for pretty much everything they stand for: taking the fear out of making clothes, striking the perfect balance between patiently guiding students and giving them space to take risks, and cultivating a welcoming and inclusive space where anyone can enjoy creating in the supportive company of like-minded people. So when Mali asked me to shoot this class session, to put Butcher’s story to images so we could show everyone else just how incredible the learning experience is here, it felt a little bit like winning the lottery - so many things I care about came together all in this one project.
I couldn’t be more thrilled to have had the chance to help show the rest of our community what a treasure Butcher’s Sew Shop is to the Philly maker + small business scene. Being able to shoot for small businesses I personally support & believe in, exactly like Butcher, is the type of work I’d happily do forever.
When getting ready for a family photo session, parents often worry about how things will turn out with toddlers, those tiny humans who absolutely cannot stand still. No need to fret - remember, we’re not creating “everybody sit still and say cheese” photos here; we’re making “this is the crazy and pretty incredible chaos of your life right now” photos. Since I’m pretty good at chasing kids, and I also keep a few extra tricks up my sleeve if we need to convince them slow down every once in a while, there’s nothing at all for you to get anxious over - I promise.
The highest compliment I could ever receive from my families is for them to come back and book another session. I’ve been delighted to work with the Adjemians several times over the past few years, most recently to celebrate the arrival of newborn baby Olive. Watching their family grow and evolve has filled a hole in my creative heart that I didn’t even realize existed at first - having more time together has allowed us to discover how much we have in common, to where I can honestly say it feels effortless for me to slip in their front door and get straight to making magic with them. And bonus: we’re friends for real now, which means so much to me.
Establishing a long term relationship with your family photographer goes both ways - the bottom line is that it can truly elevate your photos over time. It creates a more in-depth, cohesive memoir of your family, which I promise your kids will cherish. For me, working together more than once allows me to get to know all of you even better, which means I am able to access, recognize, and capture more personally meaningful moments for you. On your end, the sessions just keep getting more fun and relaxed, because you know me, and you know exactly what to expect, so there’s really no warm-up required at the beginning - this is especially true for little ones. Whomever you choose to be your family photographer, I encourage you to seek out someone you can really connect with and depend on for the long haul; I promise it’ll pay off in spades.