I love polished, stylized photographs as much as the next person. But sometimes the moments you really want to capture are a little less perfect. This home photography session with my former photography teacher and her family wasn’t always perfect. Rachael’s daughter, Oona, had missed a nap and the lighting was dim at times. I could have taken Rachael’s family to a park with even lighting all around. I could have brought a soft box to light the photographs we took inside her home. I’ve done this plenty of times with folks! But some of these moments would have been lost had I done that. I love the way these photographs turned out. They show raw emotion and real expressions because they were taken where the family is most comfortable. I’m so grateful for people like Rachael who invite me into their homes to capture these sweet little moments. Thank you.