Now I had heard that John Michael III and his sister Gabrielle were shy, so I was prepared to put in some serious time before they would be comfortable in front of the camera…As it turned out, it took about three seconds for that shyness to disappear and for a wonderful flow of questions and stories to come out of their little mouths. I heard about school, their favorite stuffed animals, all the cleaning up of their toys they’d had to do before I arrived ( I even got to see where some of the toys had been stashed out of sight…). I also got to hear about the affection that these two siblings have for each other and John Michael’s love for “sister,” as he’s called her since she first arrived to grant his wish for a younger sibling. Following are some of the images from an afternoon of playtime on an abnormally warm and beautiful Fall day. A treat all around.
All photos @ Eva Russo