An offbeat auntie Santa Monica outing #Family portraits#beach#big kids#offbeat aunties#pets February 24 2012 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride All photos by Ilene Squires Photography. Ooooh, we've received a little more photo magic via Two Bright Lights again! This set of photos is of photographer Ilene Squires's best friend and her niece and nephew. I love the idea of an auntie or uncle (or family friend!) having his or her own photo session with the kids — it's something you don't see a lot! HUGS! I'm totally in love with everything about this shot. Says Ilene: Cathy and I have been friends for just about a decade now, which is hard to believe. We met while rooming together abroad and have been travel buddies since, venturing to far-off lands as adventure geeks. Cathy now resides in Houston and we always make it a point to spend some quality time together over the holidays in our shared hometown of Los Angeles. Cathy has been so gracious in supporting my studio by scheduling annual portraits of her niece and nephew. This year, we enjoyed a very warm December day at the Santa Monica Pier where we played in the sand and agreed on our mutual feeling of "maturity" while escorting the little ones onto the rides at the pier. HA! The Santa in the middle is hilarious. She's totally not sure about this, and he's totally chilling. YES SPINNING CUPS/BOATS/WHAT EVS. All together! Yay aunties! And pets. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS How buying heirloom seeds defends our habitat from invasion NEXT Spreading love for the cuddly and kawaii amigurumi Show/Hide comments [ 3 ] This 🙂 Sometimes families are the people we chose rather than the people we are actually related to. Reply As a nanny, I love both having photos of myself and "my" kiddos, and giving them to the kids and parents. Reply LOVE THIS!! in hawaii, where much of our family is hanai (or informally adopted/chosen), our aunties and uncles play such a HUGE part in our son's life! they are the critical mass of our cozy village and they deserve to have their love and dedication to our son documented as well! aunty/uncle photo shoots might be holiday gifts next year!! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.