I spent some time thinking about what combination of words I would use to write about this family that is overflowing with such raw and genuine beauty, joy, insane creative genes, strength, boldness, daring, brave souls, love and calm amidst the wild and free. They bring endless joy to the lives of others, celebrating the beauty in life, complete with perfectly strung ball lights. And while all these qualities can feel big, beautiful and outside the lines of normal folk normalcy…their home, their hearts, their family is all perfectly strung together and grounded deep by their mighty unwavering love and wisdom that is rooted in their faith and hope found in Jesus. Daily I’m inspired by them, learning from the ways they parent and instruct their littles’ hearts. It’s clear why this beautiful boy, Atlas, made it past the questions of having a third. I can only imagine the great things God has for his life as he is shaped by and follows the example of the other four souls in his home. It’s a true honor and privilege to photograph this family I am blessed to live right next door to. Atlas, speaking for the four of us over the fence, we can’t wait to watch you grow, hear your laughs, see what God has for you and fill your belly with too many popsicles at dinner time when we are trying to survive witching hour. You’ve been blessed with the best family and we are so happy you’re here!
Welcome to this crazy and beautiful world, Atlas. You are so loved.
I met this family through a mutual friend almost 5 years ago when we moved to Chicagoland. Through facebook and instagram I’ve been able to watch their resilient, inspiring, and powerful story unfold as they’ve journeyed into parenthood. Their strength through one of the most painful experiences one could only try to imagine has been inspiring to say the least. They have become major advocates for paid family leave (thank you, thank you, thank you) and their story is featured in a documentary called “Zero Weeks.” Anyways, all that to say, you look at this beautiful family and the amount of infectious joy that oozes from them instantly fills you with the warm and fuzzies. I instantly fell in love with their sweet, beautiful and “hilarious” (which is in her vocabularly) little girl. What a gift to have had them move out to the suburbs and an honor to capture their loving, spirited and joyful family dynamic! The love and support they have for one another is palpable. My heart feels so many emotions just thinking about them, what they’ve endured and overcome and how they’ve used their experience to work towards making a difference. Their little girl is a shining light and after hearing her speak one sweet and funny sentence, you know her future is as bright as they come. Loved getting to snap some photos a few weeks ago during our time at Morton Arboretum and I hope you enjoy this glowing glimpse into the love they share.