Familiar Faces

Remember mid way through my trip when I had posted this? My journey was plotted through family ties and after Finland I had completed photographing my mother's side. I left the trip, then headed back out to Indonesia and Australia to finish out my initial project to capture my entire family. I'm super late on editing the second part of my journey in regards to my family faces project but here are a few teasers.

My oh my, what beautiful people I share bloodlines with.


Family Faces

Part of this trip for me is all about connecting the dots of my family. As a first generation American, we were always traveling across oceans to visit my mother’s Finnish side and my father’s Indonesian side. These countries are not only different in matters of culture, but most noticeably, in physical features. My mother, the blonde haired, blue-eyed Finn married the tan, Indonesian with dark features and had 3 girls that have left many people confused. I’ve been asked if I am Russian, Hispanic, Hawaiian, Brazilian, and the list goes on. So who looks like who in my family? The first and last part of this trip was planned around my family’s geographic locales. The first family leg is over as we have now left Finland. The beautiful faces below are of family faces that I have thus far had the pleasure to snap in California, France, Germany, and Finland. The black and white passport photos are of my late grandmother and grandfather on my mother’s side and the painting is of my great grandfather Santeri Mäkelä.