Early Morning with an UWS Family

Starting a family session at 7am is fantastic – okay, not the “getting up by 5am” idea for me, but I love seeing what families have established as their morning routines. Little things the parents do that seem like nothing – braiding hair, making oatmeal, helping the kids decide what to wear – are actually full of amazing little moments and connections.

I was offered a plastic cup immediately upon my arrival
new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

When I first talked with this family, I asked for one thing that made them unique. The mom wrote “we have a family band.” Wanting to be surprised instead of inquiring further, I was very curious to learn what she meant. Every morning before the family members disperse for work and school, they all sit down with instruments and sing traditional Jewish songs together. Amazing. Just ten minutes a day, but it’s something these kids will remember for years to come.
new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

This was a Friday morning, and at the end of family band time the little boy asked his mom, “momma, is it time for Baby Shabbat now?” I nearly died of cuteness overload. She explained that first he had to go to preschool, and then afterwards would be Baby Shabbat. He seemed satisfied by this answer.

new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

Good-byes are said before heading out for the day.
new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

On his way to pre-school!
new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

A quick little nap
new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

Must…reach…phone….
new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

A quick nursing before nap time
new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

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