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To dress up, or not to dress up…

This is Charlie, chef and co-owner of Pizzaiolo in Oakland, and the truck he uses to pick up his produce from the farmers’ markets.

And this is his son, Eli.

Charlie’s daughter, Matilda, wanted them to put on suits because she felt weird being the only one dressed-up during the group photos, after her impromptu wedding dress photo shoot.

While I really like the photo above, mostly because of Charlie’s socks, I think I like the one below better…

It is definitely random, but it is more of an honest reflection of who they were on that rainy Monday in the middle of January. I love dressing up but if I have to choose… I prefer honest reflections over imaginary projections any day.

About the author paige green

Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in nine books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture. Paige lives in Petaluma, CA with a house full of boys.

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3 Comments

  1. God I wish I had the money to fly you to Dallas to take pictures of my five month old! Your photos tell such beautiful and honest stories.

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  2. the color! the color! the color! i’m dying over the color captured in these shots. i could crawl right in and sleep in a cloud over this group…

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