Since I last posted, our family has been through the end of the school year, a career change, an international move, a couple of epic trips, two wardrobe changes, and more than one bottle of wine.
Over the last year, there has been a significant switch in the tone of our photo shoots, as they have become a tool for teaching the children about the world. Instead of highlighting fairy tales and fiction, we want to teach them true stories of courage, sacrifice, and even suffering.
We had the opportunity to go to Normandy, France for the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day landings. We have given our children few experiences that equal that full-sensory trip- seeing the beaches, cliffs, and hedgerows; wearing carefully assembled costumes and props, and meeting WWII veterans and hearing their stories. It is obvious that the French have not forgotten. As we stood on Utah Beach and the bluffs of Pointe du Hoc where so many young lives ended watching our boys play soldier, we were struck by the tragic consequences of war on those who endure it. It robs boys of the innocence of their childhoods and ages them before their time. This is the first of a new series we are working on that attempts to show that aspect of the tragedy of war; that those who served were young once, before their war.