New York-area photographer Lauren Kamenitz is a family documentary photographer who has a special focus: Taking the shiny veneer off of family photos, to instead give you a realistic view into just how gorgeous our ordinary moments really are. Lauren explains:
"My goal is to show every parent how being real is the most rewarding. These sessions are designed to take a slice of your life, either two hours, six hours or a full day, and show you everything that happens while you're existing in the chaos. I make photographs of whatever happens during your day. The good (smiling and laughing), the bad (crying and tantrums) and the messy (anything goes!)."
In a recent shoot, working mama Danielle contacted Lauren to take photos of their family life and, Lauren shares, "husband Edmond, who stays home with the kids during the day, was also 100% on board and ready to go!"
"Edmond immediately let me know that he wanted to get it all documented," Lauren says. "All the nitty, gritty, messy, three boys—one with Autism; wild, bouncing moments of their morning. He expressed to me that while it's happening it all seems to stressful, but when you look back on it, it's pretty funny." Danielle writes about her experience as a working mom to her autistic son on her blog.
"This family was inspirational," says Lauren. "They handled their three boys and their different needs with strength and beauty. There were routines and signals and it was just amazing to be a part of."
And it's a beautiful thing to get a peek into. Thank you Lauren, Danielle and Edmond for giving us a look into the beauty of your family's busy, beautiful ordinary moments.