Sarah Polite | Ethos, Chapter 2

I'm so excited to be back with Chapter 2 of this project, and with a subject who is so damn fun. I first met Sarah at Monarch Workshop a handful of years ago—her joy literally permeated the air. She introduced herself as a food blogger way back then, but fast forward a few years and she's a beacon of light for self-care, kindness, and yes, magical adventures in food. There are so many things that inspire me about her ethos, but by far it's her ability to create the space for others around her to step into their own life's magic. I spent a few hours with her earlier this spring, exploring NYC's East Village and visiting some of her favorite spots, and talking about what it means to follow your calling. You know, just the light stuff. 

As we walked down a gorgeous little sun-filled alley (after demolishing two of the most amazing cupcakes I've ever eaten, from @cupcakemarketnyc), I asked her what she was here to do. As in, you're on the planet for a reason, right? She grinned and looked into the sky and said, "Aren't we all just here to shine?" Indeed we are, and oh how grateful I am for the reminder. Here's to your shining ethos, Sarah. 

(Find more of Sarah's adventures in food and life on Instagram. You'll be glad you did.)

Avery + Madelynn | Connecticut Family Session

These two sisters...oh be still my momma heart. I met Avery and Madelynn and their (amazing) parents Bryan and Emily for an in-home session early on a grey Sunday morning in April. Well, early for everyone else—I'm pretty sure these two had been up and twirling in their sparkly skirts for hours. Straight away, Bryan mentioned an endless pot of coffee that he'd keep hot for our whole session, Emily showed me a stack of ALL the books I love, and the girls wanted to show me every room in the house - I knew we were in for a gorgeous morning right from the start! I love in-home sessions, especially with kiddos, because almost everything feels better at home. It's where all the memories are already being made, and the moments that make up a family's story are lived out every day. It's special and sacred to be invited into that kind of space. And as if my time with them couldn't have gotten any more lovely, Emily is the founder of MotherHustle.com, a remarkable community for creative mompreneurs (confession: i'm totally inspired and still pretty starstruck by her badassery). I adore this family, and their wild joy for each other. Thanks for having me, loves!

Baby Bruno | Connecticut Family Session

I've had the total pleasure of getting to know this remarkable family over the last few years—after all, even the biggest city in Connecticut is a small world. Callie and Niels are generous beyond measure, and they love our community here in Bridgeport with a fierceness that is rivaled only by the love they have for their three boys. On one of the first chilly days of November, a few weeks after their littlest gent Bruno arrived, I hung out with this lovely bunch amidst dance routines (I had no chance against these boys), hot chocolate (just as good before you make it, clearly), and a raucous game of driveway soccer (Subarus are the best defenders, truth). I love in-home sessions—these are the moments that make up our days, the stories that carry us through our childhood and beyond, and the ordinary memories that years later are anything but. Callie and Niels, you are an inspiration—as people, as parents, and as a couple—and I'm so grateful we're in the same universe. xo!

Carrie + Keith + Halie | Connecticut Family Session

This session was so sweet for so many reasons. At this beautiful home in rural Fairfield County, CT, I had the chance to capture a family-to-be, the magic of a couple in love, the tenderness of a mother and daughter, and the biggest dog I've ever met (think small pony with paws, a whole lot of love to share, and you've got Lulu, the Great Dane.) On this blustery fall afternoon, I romped around in the leaves with Halie, her giant pup, and her soon-to-be-married mom Carrie, and her soon-to-be-stepdad, Keith. Lucky for us, the sun broke through after a cloudy morning, and I got to see these sweet humans love on each other in some magical light. Congratulations to all four of you!