When planning this Lower East Side family session with one of the most stylish and magnetic mamas I’ve ever met, she noted in an email that she wanted the session to be somewhat edgy with a splash of quintessential New York City grit. Without having met her in person at this point, I already knew that we would get along famously just by her adventurous taste and easygoing vibe. Turns out my instincts were spot-on, and I loved these three from the moment we met in Freeman’s Alley on a mild summer evening. The session itself was effortless, and the backdrops were some of my all-time favorites (and a fun departure from that of my home borough). In short, this shoot combined every ingredient in my Happy Photographer Stew: two design-savvy parents, one spunky toddler, that magic hour glow, and a few great murals—and needless to say I’m so looking forward to cooking up more photos with them in the future!