This session was such an interesting combination of a regular Day In The Life, where the focus is on everyday moments that showcase the essence of a family as well as personalities of each family member, and a Vacation Session, where the focus is on the city and on travel adventures.
When I was growing up, one of my favorite Russian movies was "Adventures of Italians in Russia". I loved this comedy and watched it more times than I can count.
As I was spending a day with this Italian family who came to visit NYC from Atlanta, I kept thinking in my head, "Adventures of Italians in New York". I loved being immersed in Italian language and culture while walking the streets of my favorite city. For the next few days I kept using "bravo", "mio amore" and "basta" talking to my own family.
Barbara is an Atlanta-based documentary photographer. A trip to New York was always her dream and she fell in love with this city right away. They decided to rent an apartment through Airbnb instead of staying in one of NY’s many hotels, as they wanted the real authentic feel of the city instead of a traditional tourist's experience. They chose to stay in DUMBO and what a great choice it was, as this is one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in Brooklyn!
We started the day having coffee at Iris Cafe, then traveled to Manhattan to explore Chinatown and Little Italy. There was playground fun, bubble tea at Kung Fu Tea and a delicious Italian lunch at IL Cortile. Then we headed to Children's Museum of the Arts to enjoy the Lorax trees project, painting, play doh bar and so much more! Next, we headed to the High Line and back to Brooklyn to enjoy dinner at River Deli restaurant which was approved by Italians as a "true taste of home". Lastly, the bedtime routine with some tickling, fighting, reading and lots of love. What a busy, fun day!
Barbara is a great photographer herself and of course she took many wonderful pictures during their family trip, but when I shared the slideshow, her reply was: "I am crying. Thank you. It is the most beautiful gift that I had received in my life. That day I lived the DAY. For a woman/mom/photographer it is really hard living the vacation. Through your pictures I saw all the love that we have! Thank you!" These words made me cry, too. Because I can totally relate.