It’s sleepy, sticky, slow. You wake up and head to work though the whole mood of the office is like you shouldn’t be there. It’s August. The month where lions are born and the world feels like a snooze button that takes eternity to turn back on. There’s something magical about August, yet a little sad. Thirty-one slow days that remind you life is about to pick back up again. Change is beautiful, transition though is different—purgatory until what’s ahead actually happens. We try to not let go of now … Live in the moment, but we’re not perfect. We all dwell during times we shouldn’t. Thinking about how the kids will be going back to school, work will speed up and the escapades of summer will soon feel like a distant memory.
We decided to take a breather for a second and remember the good times, the things that make summer … summer. Each year, Mark Fitton, the photography half of BABYHOUSE NEW YORK—a duo changing the way content is made—heads home to Foxborough Massachusetts for his family’s annual barbeque. A tradition that’s been going on for over twenty years, “Missing this party is like missing Thanksgiving or Christmas,” says Meghan Fitton.
Picturing what a family should be and being in one is drastically different. Dysfunction, confusion, heartbreak, fighting, utter anxiety are all normal feelings. We’d like to meet one family that doesn’t add more stress to each other's life. But then there’s laughter, unconditional love, togetherness—all things that give us something to live for, something we could never live without. You’ll see the Fitton family is no different. Ranging from engineers to truck drivers to nurses … old and young, each year the whole gang assembles only missing the momentous occasion to literally give birth.
Mark has been photographing his parents for years, but as his career has been growing, working almost exclusively in the fashion industry he envisioned merging the worlds, two paths that wouldn’t often cross. So him and his bestie/business partner/roommate/videographer Suzanne Darcy headed to Massachusetts with a car full of clothes to document the tradition. Adding a new experience to the weekend, Mark witnessed his family members interact with the clothes—how certain pieces might evoke emotions or alternative personas. It was exciting, fun, new … it was a strange summer day. And when you think about it, nothing quite says summer like awkward jokes, karaoke, hot dogs, and family.
Photography + Videography + Styling BABYHOUSENEWYORK | Production Carly Aimi | Talent Mark | Brenden | Joanna | Ian | Mason | Karen | Jay | Paula | Meghan | Mary | Cornelius J Fitton Jr. | Eddie | Kallie | Jordan | Leah | Lucas