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august + family

    

You know what one of my favorite parts about photographing people is? It's not only the joy of making meaningful personal images for someone else - I mean, that is of course the heart of why I shoot the way I do, but there's this other amazing aspect to it, too. The actual experience of being around & getting to know new (to me), awesome people - considering how many things have to happen for individuals to cross path in a sea of so many others, it's not lost on me that I'm fortunate to connect with people whose company I genuinely enjoy as human beings, not just clients. Happy, warm and charmingly-dimpled human beings like August and his parents.

When August's mom first contacted me about family photos, she was a bit hesitant--they hadn't yet had professional photos taken together, and she just wasn't sure what to expect. As she voiced her concerns, I actually found myself getting really excited, because I could tell we already shared a very similar vision. Genuine moments, no forced smiles, being their authentic selves and capturing a story of who they are at this stage - that's my jam. It means a lot that, despite her hesitation about being photographed in general, they still put their trust in me to put some of their personal memories into images for them.  

August, I hope you look back on these images and see just how much you are truly loved and cherished by your parents & furry brother - and I hope you never outgrow that charming belly laugh or those beautiful dimples!

nora & co

    

If you've been following me on Instagram, you'll know that I recently launched a mini session campaign with 100% benefit to the UN's refugee agency. This mini session was my first one, and I honestly didn't know what to expect--I'm so used to knowing I'll have a full 2 hours to really get to know families as a way of guiding the shoot, so would I really be able to do that in less than 60 minutes? My fears were completely unfounded; shooting with Nora and family was a piece of cake. Fun, happy cake, with her sweet furry brother Cooper being the icing on top. They are such warm, lovely bunch (not to mention super easy on the eyes), and the weather was perfect for exploring their Queen Village neighborhood - it really felt more like meeting new friends than actual work.

Each of these mini sessions has come together so perfectly, like puzzle pieces falling perfectly in place. I get to meet wonderful new people, create the kind of images that make my own heart sing, and together we make at least a little bit of difference in the lives of others who need it so badly, now more than ever. This is exactly the kind of work that feeds my soul.

Stay tuned to see more of these lovely minis over the coming weeks!