The images dropped in my inbox today and, to be honest, I was totally blown away. And weirdly emotional. Because things are going to change. Not right now, not tomorrow – but slowly over time.

The day-to-day of our lives as a family of three are numbered (don’t worry, this is NOT a pregnancy announcement) and knowing how time is a thief, I’m so thankful to have these images.

My buddy Brea of Photography by Brea came out to visit a few weeks ago. Eddy was instantly enamored with her. She has green hair, she played the ukulele often, and can sing every Disney song way better than I can. Brea endured toddler meltdowns, lots of naked-baby-scootering, beach days, sunsets above the clouds, and the general antics of the Nelson household. For six awesome days, she became the fifth member of our family.

She gifted us with these images. As a photographer, I know the value of photography. I truly understand what a gift these images are.

Photography becomes more valuable over time

And someday, we’ll look back on these images and they’ll remind us of the good times and the hard times. Lilo is looking mighty old nowadays. She turned 10 this January. There’s no guarantee she’ll be with us in the years or days to come. Time is short.

After seeing Brea’s images, I feel like this may be something I want to do in the future. To help people remember what their life was like RIGHT NOW. Unfiltered. No fake eyelashes. No coordinated outfits. Just real life – messy, hard, and beautiful.

Here it is: a day in the life of the Nelson family. Enjoy.


Life is short. Document the every day.
The mundane.
The things you don’t think matter.
Because sometimes you truly don’t realize that you are in “the good ‘ol days” until they’ve gone.

Endless thank yous to my friend Brea. Please, if you’re getting married in the Baltimore area or want her to document your family, give her a shout.

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