This summer I watched two small boys a couple days a week. Combined with my own kids, that was 2 three-year-olds, a one-year-old, and a four-month-old. This made for some challenging, tiring days juggling everyone's needs. But, I kept my camera out throughout our time together—a welcome haven of new perspective for me to glance through from time to time. Chris Orwig in his book, The Creative Fight, puts it,
Rather than feeling burdened by time, the camera helped me appreciate it one small slice at a time. I discovered within these slices new worlds and hidden truths that previously went unseen.
At the end of our time together I compiled all my favorite images into a gallery to surprise the boys' parents. Their mom told me she had tears in her eyes as she went through the photos. I'm sure it is not easy to leave your kids with, essentially, a stranger. So having their trust meant a lot to me and being able to reassure them of their decision with a delightful photography surprise was my favorite part of the experience.
I was checking out at the grocery store and placed my colorful assortment of root vegetables on the belt. For each one my cashier picked up she said, "beets?" and "these are beets, right?" and "now these are beets." Each time she was wrong.
Even though I already know this reality, it struck me again how sad/crazy it is that people have moved so far from real food!
Shortly after that I came across this book called Eating The Alphabet by Lois Ehlert at the library and ended up buying it because I love it so much. It is an ABC book with just fruits and veggies for each letter, but there is a wide variety, some of which I have never tried. Braxton is obsessed with his ABCs right now, so I can't wait to take this book to the grocery store to pick out the different varieties and even try some new ones together.
Every parent (maybe just everybody) needs this book!
Superhero Birthday Party
Macedonia | Ohio
Little Chase had the surprise of his life on his 5th birthday when Batman and Spiderman showed up at his front door! In the middle of his Superhero birthday party the two stopped by to put Chase and his friends through the S.P.I.R.A.L. Superhero Training Program. He was awarded with an official signed cape and certificate naming him an official member of the Justice League. Congratulations, Chase!
david fortier river park
olmsted falls | ohio
Sister and brother combo, Harper and Ronan (what perfect juxtaposition of feminine and masculine), were pure gems to photograph. Harper was lovely and free in front of the camera, twirling and climbing all over the shady park we chose. Ronan was a laid back little guy with a most contagious giggle and smile. Even with high humidity that day these two create beautiful photos!
Hi. I'm Suzanna.
I like running outside, eating real food and crafting beautiful images. I am captivated by documenting everyday life–revealing what authentic, adventurous and lovers of life we all are.