For some dang reason it has taken me forever to post this session – this little guy is coming up on a year old now – let’s take a little walk down memory land.
Many people that know me through my other brand, Hot Tomato Pin-Up Academy, don’t know I got my start as a baby photographer. With this family portrait session, I took a little trip back to my roots, newborns and family in their home. Their home happens to be an amazing converted school bus.
There are two adults, four kiddos and a couple of pets living in this hand crafted space. I have been fascinated by their journey and am an avid follower of Kristen’s instagram account. She is quite the photographer, catching some of the most authentic shots of her babies with her phone and sharing them with her friends. When she started the process of remodeling the bus I messaged her and told her I wanted to photograph her in that space. And when I learned that baby Bodhi had been born on the bus, I knew I wanted to come photograph them as their hearts grew to accommodate this new little being.
What I loved most about moving through the interior of this tiny home was realizing how they, as a family, really had to consider what was most important to them. There is no room for excess or frivolous indulgences with six humans living full time on a school bus. Pairing things down appears to create focus – I haven’t had a specific conversation with Kristen about the why’s, but if you talk to her long enough, it will come up in conversation. They simply wanted more time together to experience things as a family. In shifting life over to bus living, they prioritized playtime, cozy, comfy sleeping areas and the ability to move around the country and explore and learn unencumbered by a mortgage.
Please take a moment to view the short video I made of their images. I have left a few of my favorite portraits below the video as well.