family photojournalism :: the butler family

in an old log cabin on a lush plot of land outside grand rapids, michigan there lives a family of four. a family who takes life slow, with a collectively laid-back personality. melding together linn's norwegian heritage with brian's native michigander background, these two have carved out an thoughtful life into which they've welcomed their daughter norah and their baby benjamin. 

when i visited them on a saturday afternoon- an hour and a half later than planned due to a sort of embarrassing and accidental detour my family took on the expressway -- they welcomed me in without any sign of frazzle, as my senses were filled by the smell of norwegian waffles cooking in the kitchen. after that delectable late-day snack, i followed them outside for chalk and tricycle play, running down slopes of grass, and strolling through wooded paths. i watched them take a letter to the mailbox and fill the bird feeder. back inside there was play time and story time and a nursing break for benjamin until we went out once more so norah could water the flowers. an afternoon full of quiet and rich activity with a loving family. 

come see...(warning; LOTS of photos -- grab a cup of joe and settle in)