One of my favorite memories from childhood was the family meal. Growing up in a family with 8 children, 6 of them boys, much of our togetherness revolved around preparing and eating food. This tradition continues to this day, although if we're being honest the latter of the two is by far my favorite.
When the Donahue family contacted me about a maternity shoot, they said they didn't want anything planned or staged... they just wanted me to be with them as they prepare and share a meal.
Just capturing the moments that happen for them every evening.
In case I haven't mentioned it before, I love to capture people in their life... doing what they do, in a place they enjoy being in, with people that make them stupid happy.
Rochelle and Donny have a beautiful boy, Nolan, who just turned 2. Their family is looking forward to the birth of their second son in just a few short months.
While I've known Rochelle and Donny for awhile, I loved the chance to see them in their home... their element. Recipe up on the ipad, Nolan helping to measure and stir, (and occasionally crushing an egg or tackling Daddy). Everything was so smooth and seamless between the three of them.
They are so relaxing to be around that I had to keep reminding myself I was WORKING.
My absolute favorite part of their evening routine is Nolan's post-bath naked prancing. It's like watching a tiny clydesdale dance around. Naked babies = the best.
This family is a delight. Hope this glimpse into their evening routine reminds you that the simplest parts of our days (like the family dinner) are often the most important.
After dinner, and playtime, the bedtime ritual begins...
Donahues, thank you for inviting me into your nightly ritual. It was a privilege to see the crazy fun that you guys have together.