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!
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!
I first met sweet Caitlin at Monarch Workshop, and I was so excited when she sent me a note asking if I'd come to Philadelphia to capture her and her beloved, George. We met at an amazing old church/unofficial dog park (yep, you read that right) in South Philly, and romped and laughed with their two dogs Bruno and Zeus. Caitlin and George have the kind of energy between them that warms your entire being—an electric chemistry combined with a tenderness and joy for one another that is palpable. And man, do they have fun! Can't wait to catch up with these two the next time I'm back in the City of Brotherly Love. In the meantime, enjoy all this fantastic love right here.
I'm so grateful to be surrounded by an amazing community of passionately creative people—people whose own ethos about the good and true that exists in the world inspire me beyond measure. A few months back I had a crazy idea that I wanted to capture these people and what they do, and bring that magic out of its quiet corners for others to see and share in. It seems that now, more than ever, we need these simple, seemingly ordinary moments of possibility and passion infused into the rhythm of our days — at the very least, I know I do.
And with that, I'm so excited to share the first installment of Ethos.
Meet my sweet friend Faith of Bridgeport Blossoms. Her passion for urban gardens combined with her love of the Park City feels like an early morning mantra of potential for the growth of good in all of us. There is peace in the garden, and reverence in her care of it—even as wild and willful as it is. Her ethos makes me believe that we can all be new again today, even if coming from the same soil as the day before. More to come from Faith and Bridgeport Blossoms oh-so-soon. In the meantime, welcome to the garden.
(These magical moments were truly made possible by my incredibly talented soul sister Marcella Kovac, who takes her own stunning photographs, designs amazing things online and off, loves Bridgeport deeply, and most importantly created a vision for what this morning—and this project—could be in ways that inspire me beyond measure. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of it.)