When we moved to Dexter from Switzerland a year ago, we were very excited to get to know our new neighbors and therefore a little disappointed to find the house next to us empty. The property stayed on the marked for quite a while and was almost purchased by my dad as a winter residence. That was before he skyped with me through the cold winter of 2014/15. Spring came and tempted us with a vegetable garden, a project that was never promising considering my very ungreen thumb and my missing experience. However, excitement and pioneer spirit covered that blind spot and as I was working in my spinach garden one day, I saw the Next Door open and a construction worker coming out. Clearly the status of our neighbor house was changing. But it was a little more complicated than this. The house was purchased by a landlord to be rented out and since he promised us to find us only the finest neighbors our patience was stretched a little more. Finally summer came and with it the sunshine our backyard had been missing: David, Benji and Nadia, accompanied by their parents Becky and Ed. One of the first things we learnt about our new neighbors was that their cars had names. We thought that was pretty cool and suddenly felt the need to come up with something more original than Cherokee. The next thing I learnt was that David loves apples. Every time he comes for a visit he suddenly appears with an apple. How he reaches up to our fruit bowl is still a mystery to me. But don’t get me wrong. If anyone is providing food, it is Becky who is not only an excellent baker (her lemon cranberry scones are simply divine) but also a great caring friend who will bring over chicken soup when I’m sick. We have made a deal that I photograph her kitchen creations in exchange for their consumption. I’m definitely the winner of that deal! David offers me chicken soup for the soul. When he learnt that my parents lived more than 8 flight hours away from us, he offered to take me to his grandma’s house next time. David loves his grandparents. Benji likes to explore the Great Upstairs of our house that are inhabited by Mickey Mouse cake toppers and other porcelain toys, reminding us about all the things we need to change once we have our own kids. While it has been very challenging to capture these energy bundles on camera, little Nadia makes them stop once in a while and engage in a tender brotherly kiss. Her bright blue eyes are light catchers that make every photographer’s heart jump. Look for yourself!
Family Kite Session