Let’s create good memories for our kids
my new “family movie” at the end of the post, don’t miss it!
For those who don’t know me, my name is Giulia, I’m an Italian photographer, and I create good memories for families who want to stop the time in a specific moment of their life.
My family and I have been living abroad for 11 years. Being an expat family sounds great, but this kind of life also brings several obstacles.It can be challenging in a new country, getting used to a new culture, while also dealing with the emotions of missing family and friends.
It is probably for this reason that I feel so close to other families, who have decided to live in this manner, and why I would love talking about Lisa and her crew! Or at least I will try doing it through my work.
Lisa is a beautiful woman from Utah. Seeing her for the first time, I was impressed with her calm manner and gentle eyes. She immediately made me feel comfortable in her apartment in Santiago. Lisa and Brandon, her husband, moved from Ventura, California, to Chile last November. I think they spent hours talking about this decision and most probably while the kids were all sleeping or not listening!
I admire them not only because they decided to live this experience, leaving their community and family, but doing this with three little girls and a boy on the way! They are my heroes!
I can only imagine the fear and the excitement they felt during the moving!
Brandon works for a company called JoySchool English where they develop a beautiful way in teaching values and English to children around the world. They wanted to be a part of this good cause and they took advantage to jump in this new adventure.
Arriving in Santiago they didn’t know what to expect, but the girls, Madeline (6 years old), Lucy (4) and Amelia (2) were helping to keep everything together, filling every single days with laughters and songs!
I loved the time spent with them! The girls welcomed me in pijamas ready to prepare breakfast with all their blond mussed hairs.
Everyone had a job to do: Lucy prepared waffles with mum, Madeline was setting the table and Amelia was jumping around, starving! And of course there was also the little brother, James, still too small to notice this incredible family he was born into.
When doing “A day in your life” photo and video session, I want to capture the family behaviors, who they are and how they spend the day together.
With Brandon and Lisa this has been so easy, because everything was so natural. For them it is really important that their kids develop different interests and talents, making their personalities emerge.
Sometimes as parents we think we always know what’s good or bad for our kids realizing only after that we never asked to them who they want to be and how they feel. So I think letting our kids express themselves and keep on talking to them is an important key to be a good mum or a good dad.
For sure one of the little girls will be a dancer! Music is all the time on and the girls loved to dress them up with pink tutù and princess costumes. Something soooooo far from me that I have only boys who spend their time wrestling or jumping from the sofa in underpants only wearing a Spiderman mask!
Usually when there is a newborn in the house all the attentions are for her/him but in this case the queens of the house stole the scene to this cute little boy! Sorry James, next time all the cameras for you!
The morning passed so fast dancing, singing, eating candies and above all laughing!
I want to end this post with the video I made. Lisa gave it to Brandon for Father’s Day! I think it has been one of the most beautiful gift she could make to thank him to be such a good dad for their kids.
That day will last forever, and they could always remind when they moved to Chile, James has born and girls started to talk in Spanish!
I wish good luck to this incredible family and I hope they will share again their life with me in the future!
(And sorry for all the mistakes I could have done writing in English!)