That feeling of nostalgia is a funny thing. It can creep up on you in moments you don’t expect. While working with this beautiful family this week, I was reminded of the summer days of my youth and the many days spent with my (quite large) family. Those days are so vivid in my memory; backyard BBQ’s with a sea of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, a ball constantly in the air and a smile on every face. This is what I love so much about this job, because for a few hours on Tuesday night I got to be a part of this (quite large) family’s ‘backyard BBQ’ so-to-speak. What I loved so much was how even during their more ‘portrait’ poses they were tossing inside jokes back and forth and talking to one another, laughing and smiling and just so naturally happy. They exuded love. In between shots they sat around and took selfies with each other or kicked around a soccer ball, completely enjoying every moment they had with each other. As I stood by the grandmother as she watched her children and grandchildren laughing and running and playing together she talked of how much love she had for her family and I saw the pride swell in her eyes. As the sun fell and everyone was asking for pictures with everyone else (“I want my picture with auntie!” “Come here sis!” “I want a picture with momma!”), it was undeniable that this is what the word ‘family’ is supposed to mean.