i was asked to photograph a conceptual shelter story for the key section of the new york times magazine. i love shooting environments; not so much the perfect home where a designer picks out all your furniture and stocks your library. this kind of dwelling shoot, where they ask you to capture the essence of a home and not to make it camera ready and perfect, is pretty rare. there was a tiny bit of camera friendly cleanup on this shoot too, but on the whole i recorded each homes as is. i love that the times chose to run a photo of our dirty breakfast dishes from our morning with kika. that rachael's kids' room has plastic bins of toys stacked in the back much like at my humble home. i am pleased they chose to run the portrait of kari sitting more like a dude than a lady and using her precious picture books as a coaster for her cup of tea. you can see the whole story here.