Rachel Brandt || San Diego Family Photographer » San Diego Family, Child, and Event Photographer

This American Family : A Personal Project

A couple weeks ago, I was at the park with my daughter and she was talking to a little boy about our family. She told him she had a mommy and a daddy and puppies and a Spencer. The little boy told her he just has a mommy and an abuela. I could tell Harper was confused and so on the way home I explained that an abuela is a Gigi (which is what she calls my mom) and that some families are different than ours. Some kids have just a mommy or just a daddy or have a mommy and a daddy that don’t live together. Some kids live with their grandparents or have two mommies or two daddies. The list went on and on. She is two and a half so I’m not sure how much of it actually stuck but it got me thinking. So often we think of families being a mom, a dad, and the children who are all biologically related. The idea that the nuclear family is the only right way to do it or somehow better than other families is widespread. It’s also ridiculous. My goal is to photograph non-traditional families to showcase the validity of these families and their importance in American Culture so that my daughter can see the love fostered by all families, regardless of their shape or size.

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” -Jane Howard

If you are part of a non-traditional family and located in the San Diego area, I’d like to talk to you about an opportunity for a free portrait session. Families in the Los Angeles and Antelope Valley areas will also be considered. Email me at [email protected] with a recent picture and a little information about your family such as names, ages, what makes you untraditional and what you like to do together. Some examples of non-traditional families include but are not limited to single moms, single dads , LGBT families, adoptive families, mixed-race families, or grandparents raising grandchildren. These portraits are part of a personal project I would like to do. I want to tell the story of your family, the way it is and the love you share. Additionally, if you know someone whose family falls into this category, I would greatly appreciate you passing my information along to them.


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