One of the best things about photographing peoples weddings, is that occasionally I get to follow along during other Big Life Events and watch families grow, change, and shift with age and time. I’ve known Lauren since the days of college summer jobs (we were lifeguards) and the beginning of her courtship with Clay. I photographed her wedding alongside my photo partner Crystal Liepa (together we are Zoe + Crystal) in 2017, and not long after, their baby girl Eleanor was born. I was thrilled to get to visit their Harlem neighborhood and meet Eleanor—a lively crawler and smily almost toddler.
As my business grows, changes, and transforms, i’ve been increasingly drawn to photographing families above all else. My connection to children combined with my interest in embedding myself into a scene or event and telling that story has led me to pursue these day-in-the-life type family sessions more often. Lauren, Clay, Eleanor and I explored their Manhattan neighborhood, took a bath, did a puzzle and cuddled on the couch. Pretty great way to spend an afternoon.
Here are a few of my favorite images.