Photographing Valerie and Julian’s family was how I got started in photography. I was their nanny and documenting their day-to-day life was one of my favorite things about my job. To this day, those kids are still my little loves – they’re just not so little anymore!
Valerie loves photographs but she loves the orderly kind with everyone in coordinating outfits and smiling sweetly. Those are just fine sometimes – don’t get me wrong – but the kids are getting older and I feel like we’re approaching the end of an era. Their oldest is almost a young lady and in a blink, they will all be teenagers.
With this in mind, I really wanted to capture them just as they are right now – in their day-to-day life again while all of the kids are still kids. I talked Val into doing a true lifestyle session but I think she might have regretted her decision a bit as we arrived and told the kids to go pick out whatever they wanted to wear for the shoot. ;o) Being a kid in everyday life though, is all about the mix of real clothes and costumes, grass stains, and messy hair. It’s not perfect, but I think it’s completely beautiful. :o)