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The Realities of Parenting: Photo Series Shows What Real Life With Kids Looks Like

By Hanssie on December 29th 2014

I have a friend (and bless her heart) who posts these wonderful photos of her family on Instagram. Her two perfect children in their cute little house making crafts, playing with their well behaved pets…not a tear, spilled breakfast, hamper of dirty laundry or temper tantrum in sight. Me, on the other hand, as I survey the room, I have two XL dogs chasing each other through an apartment I had neither the time, energy or budget to decorate, my kid’s hair is a mess, it’s dubious if she’s brushed her teeth this week, I’ve certainly not showered yet, there are Cherrios and dog treat crumbs ground into my carpets and the dishes have not been done since Friday. This is real life.

The stuff that is usually portrayed on Instagram is not (at least I hope it’s not because if it were, I would demand a trade). Real life is dirty diapers, crying kids, crayon scribbles and spilled juice on your white pants. Real life is not having two minutes to go to the restroom alone before some child is pounding on the door. Real life is trying to balance 6 bags of groceries, a car seat, your purse, a toy and your phone in one hand and a kicking toddler in the other. Real life is what photographer Danielle Guenther portrays in her oh-so-true series, “Best Case Scenario.”

Behold, *this* is real life:



The series began when Danielle was finishing up a portrait session at her client’s house. The mom laid down on the couch and the photo “Parenting is Exhausting,” was born. There are now 11 photos in the “Best Case Scenario” series and Danielle has received many phone calls requesting her to photograph people’s “real” family portraits. Danielle draws inspiration and ideas from her 5 year old son.

This is real, this is life, this is parenting. Parenting is so ugly, but there are moments that are so beautiful. Just when you think you have it under control and you’re like, ‘Oh, yeah, this is great. My kid’s using his manners,’ they slam the door in your face and they scream at you! But nothing in life is perfect.

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Hold On a Sec . . .

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Keep Your Head in the “Game”

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The Escape Plan

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Rush Hour

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Playdate (IN)Sanity

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Day At The Spa

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Cleanup on Aisle 5!

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Check, Please!

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Oh No!

You can see more of Danielle’s work on her website here.

CREDITS : Photographs by Danielle Guenther have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Brad Harberts

    All of these photos are so my family!

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  3. Peter Kapatos

    Being a parent and now a grandparent, this is spot on… But I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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  4. Rafael Steffen

    Very creative family

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  5. Dave Hansen

    As I too have a toddler, I could say,…(running out the room!)

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  6. David Hall

    Spent Christmas with my son, his wife and my three grandkids. Yup… this looks about right!!

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  7. robert raymer

    Sums it up pretty well…

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  8. Scott Eisenbeisz

    Love the images! As a parent of 3, I KNOW that I have been in everySINGLE one of these looks! I would love to see a behind the scenes of these shoots. I bet they were super fun!

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  9. Brandon Dewey

    Great Images!

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  10. Yechiel Orgel

    Great series, wish you can publish more of such unique content.

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  11. Troy Barboza

    Awesome series, love every single picture!

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  12. Jeff Ladrillono

    Being the father of a toddler, these look about right.

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