A few weeks ago, I received a message from Katie (pictured above), detailing a grand plan to surprise her 5 kids with a trip to Mexico. It involved sneaking into their rooms to change their clocks back an hour while they slept, packing getaway bags, cryptic letters to the kids, and the big reveal of the destination at the airport. She was reaching out because she was wondering if that would be something I was interested in documenting. Um, YES.
The kids knew I was going to be there when they woke up in the morning. But they thought I was just there to document an ordinary day for them. They didn’t know they would be missing school and heading to the beach!
This shoot was SO fun. It was so cool to see how excited they all got, how many questions they had, and hear their guesses about where they were going. The best part though, was to see the delight Josh and Katie took in surprising them.
Parenting can be a tough gig sometimes. But this is the joy of it. Going over the top for your kids—giving them memories they will be talking about for years. It was so obvious that these two have an abundance of love for their children. Thank you, Josh and Katie, for having me there to document that joy. I hope these photos serve as a reminder of your incredible love for years to come.
Now check out this video below to see the whole surprise!