I’ve been a member of a family my whole life. I’ve had my own family for many years now. If I’ve come to understand anything about family through my own experiences, I’ve learned that there is nothing about family life that is perfect.
Family is messy and chaotic and fun and exhausting and hilarious and entertaining. Sometimes, family life is surviving. A lot of time, family life is about changing plans and adjusting expectations.
The longer I do this–have families in front of my cameara–the more I long to capture the reality of family life. The real-life moments that can be frustrating and exhausting. The funny moments and the mundane moments, as well. As time moves on, I’ve learned if I simply step back, the beauty unfolds before me.
I hope you see that in my photos. I hope you feel it, too. The truth of family. The chaotic, unexpected, anything-but-perfect, but really, absolutely beautiful part of being a family.
Thank you, Heller Family, for stepping in front of the frame once again.