This family will always hold a special place in my heart.
I moved into the Gautraud's third floor the summer after I graduated from college. I had never lived outside of my parent's house, and I definitely needed some roommates who would guide me/not kick me out after burning every single quesadilla I made. I knew I wanted to venture across the river from Northern Kentucky into Ohio. The Gautraud's offered the third floor they had been renovating, and I am forever grateful that I said yes.
When I first moved in, the oldest two we're only four and five, and the younger ones weren't even born yet. They brought both those sweet babies home while I lived there, and they seriously rocked my world. All these kids showed me how spunk and personality can bring so much joy to a family.
We photographed the Gautraud's family photo session in their home, in the emptied out third floor where I used to live. To me, these photos are an emotional reminder of the kind of love a family can have, and how rewarding it is to welcome people into your family, blood-related or not. Being in their house will always feel like home for me.