Alina and Joshua are pretty close in age, and they play at the playground together every afternoon all summer. He calls her “Lina”. Her family lives about a block away from us. Throughout the summer and fall, we have spent many hours together drawing with sidewalk chalk, sliding down the slide on our bellies, riding bikes, building wood chip piles, and blowing bubbles. Joshua always looks forward to the afternoons because he gets to play with Alina at the park. If she wasn’t there at the park, then he asks me non-stop, “Where is Lina?”
We headed out to my favorite park in the area to photograph Alina’s family. We didn’t end up with much formal portraits of everyone smiling nicely and looking at the camera. However, I really felt like the images captured the love and interaction amongst the members of the family, which really tugs at my heartstring.