Bringing Summer to Life with @kinzieriehm
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When they aren’t shooting for magazines and mainstream children’s companies, photographer couple Ken Kinzie and April Riehm (@kinzieriehm) turn their cameras on something much more familiar: the adventures of their three children as they grow up in balmy Orlando, Florida.
“School’s out and we’re all together in the summer — that’s where the magic begins,” Ken says of the backyard adventures and beach excursions that provide the backdrop for the moments they capture.
“It’s not all sunshine and popsicles. We have the same struggles as other parents. But we’re probably not going to show the tantrums and nose-picking,” April says. “We’re not trying to portray a perfect lifestyle,” Ken adds, “when there is a breakdown or a trauma we put the cameras down and deal with it.”
The children are often eager participants in their parents’ photos, bringing their own creative ideas to their activities. “Our son has begun to want to direct more. He wants to set off smoke bombs over the pool,” April shares. “It’s fun to make photos collaboratively as a family. I never imagined that before having kids. As the kids get older, it’ll be interesting to see what creative influences they have on our images.”
And ultimately for all of them, their photos tell a story. “They look at these images and they can remember what happened last week and last year,” April says. “They talk and ask questions. It’s like time traveling. We get to go back — we get to experience those tiny little moments again and again together as we’re flipping through the feed.”