Last August, with 2 kids still in diapers, we packed up my mother’s minivan and drove to Chicago to visit my friend Amy and her kids. Amy and I have been friends since the end of 9th grade. We met through a desk. Yes, you read that correctly. 25 years ago, I had a “conversation” with another student on a desk we shared at different periods in the school day. It started with the other student writing who she loved. I wrote who I loved. And we went back and forth. Eventually, we found out who each other was and we became fast friends. We were inseparable in 10th grade, bonding through a love of The Smiths, Morrissey, Sinead O’Connor and lots other awesome 80′s New Wave music. We shared clothes, had “dress in back” days and were obsessed with the cool drama kids. Amy wanted to be a model and I wanted to be a fashion photographer (does this shock anyone???) and we used to have photo shoots. Yes, I have been photographing Amy for a long time!!!! In our 25 years of friendship, we have been there for each other through lots and lots of relationships, friendship drama, marriages, babies, divorce and even more. In 2009, we found ourselves pregnant at the same time with baby girls, who were born 5 weeks apart. Isn’t life funny?
While we were visiting, I promised to do a photo shoot of Amy and her beautiful kids. Her two older kids are incredibly smart and caring people and are truly amazing to their little sister. We loved hanging out with them, even going into Chicago one evening. Zoe developed a little crush on Tommy, which wasn’t surprising at all. In fact, she kept photo-bombing pictures of him! It was so sweet.
They really are such a beautiful family: