Oh, where to start?! This project has been bouncing around in my head for years, and I was able to make it a reality with the help of one of my all-time favorite families.
In the photographs that I take every year, the ones that speak to me the most are the ones that capture that magical, elusive feeling of childhood. Skinned knees, the wonder of new adventures, the comfort of mom’s arms, how hilarious dad’s tickles seem. There are no fairytales in childhood (well, except for the ones conjured up in your head). The real magic happens in the day-to-day grind, from the food you love (or hate) to the way your parents tuck you in at night.
I have always loved photographing families at home, and I was curious to see what would happen if I could spend not just two hours with a family, but an entire DAY. If I could wake up and see the world from their perspective for a little bit. If I could try to become more of a fly on the wall (which, as it turns out, is hard to do!) and observe, not create, moments. So that’s what I set out to do on a Sunday in St. Louis, and I’m so excited about the pictures that we created together.
Since this dad is a surgical fellow, his time at home is limited, which makes the time that they do together have extra special. Highlights of the day included a homemade breakfast, a more sugary second breakfast, making lemonade from scratch, and checking out a new ice cream joint, an activity that has become one of their favorite family traditions. The day ended in typical St. Louis fashion, with the five of us huddled down in the basement listening to tornado warnings on the radio. I was too scared to take any pictures, but the little man slept through the entire thing!
Even more than the fun activities that they had planned, I loved just hanging at home with them and pretending like I was part of their family for a day. From cozy moments on the couch to rainbow arts and crafts projects courtesy of Miss C (I think we are the same person!!), I had a chance to truly appreciate the sense of home that they have created. I might have cried just a little when I had to say goodbye. I sure hope these images will remind them of a time that, although not always simple or easy, had the makings of a magical childhood.
PS: Make sure to watch the full video to see images that aren’t included below!