A Day in the Life of the Asper/Koop Family
February 28, 2017
When I photograph a Day in the Life I really get to experience what it’s like to be in that family. I get to see the daily routines, parenting styles, the individual quirks of each family member, and the activities that really bring the family together. Every family is so different, but I fall in love with each and every one of them!
On November 19th, 2016, I got to spend a snowy day with the Asper/Koop family. This family was such a treat! Lissa and Paul are the loving, laid back parents we all aspire to be. And their daughters Linden and Rowan are adventurous, clever, and sweet!
It was a fun day that began with a lazy morning in bed, breakfast in pajamas, and fun in the snow - including building a super cool snow fort. Later it was on to dinner at a pop up Taco Shop and ice cream at Regent Street Co-Op. They wrapped up the day with bath time play and sweet bedtime snuggles.
I loved watching Lissa and Paul with their girls. Like many families, there was a stark contrast between the way mom and dad play with the kids. Lissa would gently snuggle the girls, shower them in kisses, read to them, laugh with them, and comfort them in a moment of distress. Meanwhile, Paul would wrap the girls in a blanket and swing them high enough to touch the ceiling, whip them around on in a sled, and bury them in snow. And the girls clearly love it both ways!
Linden is hilarious. She makes wild faces all the time- sometimes to entertain others and sometimes just for herself. And Rowan is a delightful tease. She clearly adores Paul, but outwardly snubs him. She constantly requests “Mama” while giving him a sideways grin.
When I’m leaving a family at the end of a long day, it’s often bittersweet. There is the sadness of leaving a family I've gotten to know so intimately. But there is also the joy of knowing that through photographs that family will be able to hold onto that day forever. Years from now, they will be able to see exactly what their family dynamic was at that particular moment in time time.