I photographed Laurie and Dwight’s wedding back in 2014 (!) and now it’s an absolute delight to photograph them as a family of four with their two kids. Davis is a smiley little guy who enjoys Cheez-its, swings, and asking a lot of questions via adorable little baby noises. June is me, except she’s 4. She likes cats so much that sometimes she prefers to be called by the name of one of their cats, and she’ll let you know which name she’s going by today (human or cat). She had a cat dress on. Almost all of the art on the walls that she’s made is of cats. She has many cat toys, some of which were so adorable that I’ll probably buy them myself. She looked at pictures of my cats and then repeated their names and qualities with total delight to her dad. She knows exactly where the Temptations are kept in the kitchen. She’s my kind of girl.

Laurie and Dwight are great people and Laurie’s also an amazing dentist in Raleigh! She became my dentist during the pandemic and I was delighted to find that she has televisions mounted on the ceiling of her office, which is, in my opinion, the most ingenious thing to ever happen in the field of dentistry. I’m so happy for her to have a thriving business and for their family to have two wonderful kids. It was so much fun to photograph them all together at home.

Lindsay and Rishi got married nearly 6 years ago (whaaat) and then they moved to Brazil for a while (heyyy!) and now they’re back in the States but living in Texas (yeehaw!) where we don’t get to see them, but sometimes they come back to NC for UNC’s Homecoming and then I get to do maternity shoots for them when they’re pregnant! HOORAH. They’ve also lived in Chicago and San Fransisco and, in general, I lose track of where they are globally. I do, however, keep constant track of their white cat Bogart who is an extremely handsome gentleman. They have a pup named Roxie as well, who is equally cute because she’s cat-sized and gets along well with Bogart, so I find their relationship quite enjoyable. Lindsay and Rishi have informed me that it’s Bogart who will now be the low-man on the totem poll once they give birth to their human child because he’s vocal at all the wrong times and easily the most annoying family member, but he won’t be low-man on the totem poll to me, his #1 fan (who has never personally met him). Lindsay and Rishi are going to be great, well-traveled, and extremely well-dressed parents, and I can’t wait to follow them along on this new adventure.

I might be a little bit biased but I feel like I get the coolest families to photograph, and Jennifer and Gabe’s crew did not disappoint. First, they have an incredible house in the trees that is occupied by two cats. I only met the one, but he was freaking cute, fat, and orange (three solid criteria for judging a cat). His name is Hess. He came with the house and is very friendly, and apparently quite used to modeling for cameras. The second cat’s name is Koby and he did not come out to meet me, but I’m certain I would’ve liked him. Second, they have two adorable children. Maeve is a few weeks old and enjoys sleeping, looking cute as heck, and acquiring beautiful quilts that were sewn by Jennifer’s mom. Lincoln is three and enjoys never, ever getting out of his pajamas (something I totally respect) and hunting for dinosaur eggs that his dad hides in Lincoln’s sandbox under the cover of night. Jennifer and Gabe themselves are fantastic parents and partners, super patient and kind to their kids and each other. I had a great time getting to know them and pretending that I lived in their fantastic house for a brief hour or two of my life.