Sometimes I am just in awe of other peoples’ resilience. The morning that I visited these two gorgeous humans the fates seemed to have conspired to say “this just ain’t gonna happen today”. Abbey had forewarned me that I would need to call her to get buzzed in to her apartment building because her intercom had recently gone on the fritz. But by the time I made that call she told me the lift had also decided to pack up and go home for the day. Comical, but ok for me because I actually hate lifts (like irrationally hate them), so I was happy to take the stairs. But only when I got inside did Abbey tell me that actually the day had started much more dramatically with a small but frightening fire in her apartment. I mean if it was me at that point I think I would have just thrown my hands up and said “sorry world I’m going back to bed for the day”.
But Abbey and Vinnie are made of much hardier stuff than I! They kinda did go back to bed, but it was to play and jump and peek-a-boo and read, all whilst welcoming me to capture that domestic goodness.
These are two souls deeply comfortable in each other’s company. They share a beautifully curated space, with incredible views. And on this winter day that space was flooded with sunlight. But I got the impression anything could be happening in the world outside and it wouldn’t matter to these two - they’re so content with each other. I loved watching the way Vinnie glances up at his mum (like he’s just checking in) while she reads. And the way he holds her wrist, gentle in his palm, like he needs to stay tethered. If only he knew how deeply mutual that feeling is.
Abbey - thank you so much for finding me and inviting me to photograph you and your darling boy. It was truly my pleasure and I hope you love these images from our morning together.