THE WAHLS FAMILY | CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Finding flow in the slow.

The beauty of waking up with a family and spending an entire day photographing them is that I get to tap into their rhythm. Waking up and documenting that bed hair, those messy sheets, the warm, squishy cuddles, sleepy eyes.

Together we move through the day. Meals. Naps. Bathtime. Story time. Walk time. We follow the light, the mood, the children. Everything is slower and gentler.

The Wahls family welcomed me into their incredible Chicago farmhouse and I was immediate enveloped in the warmth and peace a home like this brings. I met Kristin at a photography camp last year in the US, and I feel so lucky to call her a friend. She and Aaron truly made me feel part of their family during my stay and it’s a time that I hold so dear. Those boys, those sweet, beautiful boys, completely stole my heart and I miss them every time I look at these photographs.

To be able to travel the world and photograph families is an honour and a privilege, and not something I’ll ever take for granted.

Grab a cuppa, because this is a long one. But I promise by the end you’ll feel as warm and fuzzy as I did while photographing this beautiful family.

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh