Never one to be still for very long, my niece is a wild and unstoppable force. She’s energetic and loves fiercely.

While I was playing with my camera one summer’s evening, Izabel and I decided it would be fun to capture images for her mother. I wanted her mother to have these photos so that she could always look back on these days and see the five-year old as she remembers — I wanted to capture all those things that make Izabel, Izabel.

I encouraged Izabel to dance, run and play — to be her wild self. I wanted her to own these pictures, to come up ideas on what she thought would be fun to do, and went with the moment.

Girl dressed as fairy doing ballet during family photography

Documentary family photography of girl running

Family documentary photography of girl playing outside