Forty-Eight Photos Redefine Visions and Representations of Family
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Forty-Eight Photos Redefine Visions and Representations of Family

Forty-Eight Photos Redefine Visions and Representations of Family

by The Luupe
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These commercial, editorial, and documentary photos (and a behind-the-scenes video at the end of this feature) show the many experiences of what "family" means.

As we head into the holiday season, we're constantly thinking about notions of family, and how today's photographers and brands visualize its diverse meanings and experiences.
This can extend from the traditional models we might expect to ideas about the "chosen families" that enrich our lives.
And, in the words of Luupe photographer Deborah Barak, visualizing family life isn't just about the big events. "It's about the in-between moments, the weird ones, the moments of connection- with all its joy, curiosities, exhaustion, bouts of craziness, and moments of silence."
Below are forty-eight images that capture the many visions of family life in all its joy and nuance.
▲ Father & Daughter Dance © Cicilia Teng
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▲ Stephanie Perkins’ daughters in Marina del Rey, California. © Morgan Lieberman
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▲ "Hermanas" is a piece from the Mariposa De La Luna collection, a publication highlighting Latinx culture, inspired by my relationship with my own sisters and how we see ourselves in each other." © Sophia Calderón
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▲ Tracy Moore and Lisa Edwards in their backyard in Los Angeles, California. © Morgan Lieberman
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▲ A test shoot during a summer heatwave for a local Boston ice cream shoppe. © Nicole Loeb
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▲ The Lemoine Mason family for WAYB, a family travel brand. © Katherine Sheehan
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▲ ˙Ever and her mom for WAYB, a family travel brand. © Katherine Sheehan
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▲ Carol Gabriel helps her husband Lyndon Gabriel get situated in his motorized chair after an afternoon nap at their home in Vancouver, Washington, on Sept. 18, 2018. Gabriel was diagnosed with ALS about three years ago. "I've had a good life," Lyndon said. "I could be crabby and sad or I can be happy and I choose to be happy." © Alisha Jucevic for The Columbian
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▲ Mollie Hands, left, and Gabe Pizzo, 14, stand poised to jump into the pool on the count of three at the Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver, Wash., on Oct. 28, 2019. While Hands made the plunge, Gabe remained at the edge of the pool giggling at his trick. When Hands broke the surface laughing, Gabe jumped in to join her. For 46 years, Hands has helped blind and visually impaired children participate in activities such as swimming, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and performances at a children’s theater in Portland. © Alisha Jucevic for The Columbian
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▲ Lake brothers jumping. © Liz Celeste
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▲ "Carrot cupcakes in the making...holding my hand here as she wanted to crack eggs, but I didn't want to be picking egg shells from the batter. © Jyo Bhamidipati
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▲ Celebrating a 6-month smile with Romy, Angelo, and Liam. © Emily Hlavac Green
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▲ Tired of being a human jungle gym, Henry gets his stepsons ready for the playground. Brooklyn, NYC. © Deborah Barak
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▲ In Topanga Canyon, a month before their second daughter arrived © Rebecca Thomas
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▲ Father's Day Celebration © Cicilia Teng
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▲ Family Selfie Time at Pandora, The World of Avatar (for shopDisney Parks) © Cicilia Teng
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▲ "Giovanni Contrada and Audrey Kissel join together in a “Chat and Chew,” a popular TikTok series Giovanni hosts on his account where he makes food and discusses miscellaneous life topics with the camera. Audrey and Giovanni are soul mates, brilliant creative collaborators, and a bundle of energy as a partnership." © Morgan Lieberman
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▲ "More than 20 families who were displaced by the Almeda Fire found a home in trailers and RVs at Emigrant Lake RV Park outside of Ashland, Oregon. The 2020 fire displaced thousands of families and destroyed almost 2,500 homes. A group of siblings and friends run toward a historically low water line at Emigrant Lake on April 2, 2021." © Alisha Jucevic for High Country News
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▲ Sibling portrait in Rajasthan, India. © Christine Chitnis
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▲ "Back in the 1950s and ’60s, more than 4,000 drive-ins operated across the country, but many have disappeared. Now, there are fewer than 400, but the Holiday Drive-In in Reo — the Spencer County throwback with its five screens — marches on. Eric and Sally Reinhart of Caneyville, Ky., watched “Suicide Squad” with Sally’s children — Bryson, 14, Hannah, 10, and Camron Conner, 13 — at the Holiday Drive-In in Reo on Aug. 12, 2016. The family arrived early to get a front-row seat" © Alisha Jucevic for The Herald
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▲ LuLu Trutsman and Claire Raymond at Claire’s house in Huntington Beach, California. © Morgan Lieberman
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▲ Tara and Cait Love with their two children in Dorset, Canada. 2018. © Desdemona Dallas
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▲ Family enjoying a hoverboard cruise at Lincoln skate park, Lincoln Heights Los Angeles. © Katherine Sheehan
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▲ Family Portrait. © Dahyembi Joi Neal
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▲ Dad watching his kids bike outdoors in the neighborhood. © Jyo Bhamidipati
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▲ "Leonie Francois, 3, runs ahead of her mother Lara Richardson, as they make their way out to the barn to check on the chickens at their family farm, Lane Creek Reserve, in Central Point, Ore., on Nov. 27, 2021. After losing both of their six-figure jobs in New York City at the start of the pandemic in 2020, Lara and her husband Joel Francois decided to leave the city and move across the country to a farm that Lara’s family purchased in 2017." © Alisha Jucevic for The Wall Street Journal
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▲ Sisters and Grandma © Yamila Ápe
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▲ Bonnie Moore, left, and Carol Saragossi, right, walk their daughter, Elyse Saragossi, down the aisle towards her wedding ceremony on March 25, 2018, in Topanga, California. Rabbi Lisa also officiated Elyse's baby naming and her bat mitzvah, making her a lifetime member of Temple BCC because of her parents, Carol and Bonnie. © Morgan Lieberman
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▲ Grandparents and a grandson reading bilingual Bitty.bao books for an advertising shoot for the @whitneyhotelboston © Nicole Loeb
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▲ "How We Mom" Campaign for Alex & Ani + The Luupe © Cicilia Teng
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▲ Celcious Sisters © Gabriela Herman for Courier Magazine
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▲ Dad and all his Kids in a Blended Family © Jyo Bhamidipati
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▲ Kai with his father Lincoln © Melissa Alcena
▲ The Dance © Deb Leal
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▲ "60 Years Together - my beloved grandparents. It was the last photo I could take of them before leaving my country and my grandpa passing away, so it is a dear photo for me." © Yamila Ápe
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▲ Tahira brushes Malaika's hair while Avi plays with his grandma. With three neurodivergent kids, Tahira spends much of her day balancing their very different sensory and emotional needs. © Deborah Barak
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▲ Robert and Trish Tanenbaum (my grandparents) in their living room in Calabasas, California. © Morgan Lieberman
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▲ Summer Vibes © Cicilia Teng
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▲ Brothers - Ocean and London © Melissa Alcena
▲The Lemoine Mason family for WAYB, a family travel brand. © Katherine Sheehan
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▲ Tara and Cait Love in their first family home, self-titled the love nest, just a few weeks before moving into a house nearby. 2018. © Desdemona Dallas
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▲ Dad making dinner while daughter is looking at her photos on the refrigerator © Jyo Bhamidipati
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▲ Trendsetters 2022. © Yolanda Hoskey
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▲ Trendsetters 2022. © Yolanda Hoskey
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