A typical day in the life of an Au Pair {Portrait Photography, San Jose, CA}

We met with Anna before. We worked on a session with more make-up, and with more chic outfits, but there is nothing more fun than a session where your model wears a tracksuit 🙂 Seriously!

This time we met to document her ordinary day minus the kids she has to take care of.

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With this session I wanted to capture the regular, the normal and the boring side of this cultural exchange program called AU PAIR.

Here are a few words about it from Anna herself:

For most of the European girls being an Au Pair in USA is a part of the American Dream. We watch American movies and tv shows, and dream about the palm trees, the fancy clothes and the life without worries. In those stories babysitters take care of rich, angel-like-looking kids, have super-duper cars for their own use and for most of the day they just sit in the swimming pool or hot-tubs. In the Evenings they party.

So we go to the au pair agencies and say, I want to go to USA! I want my own American Dream!

We often forget about one thing, though. We are here to work, to take care of somebody else’s kids. This work is full-time job, 45 hours. We’re responsible for those little humans, we need to be for them all the time, and we need to do whatever their parents expect us to do.

If you’re hoping for roller-coaster life and martinis in a pool, this is not program for you. The daily routine is booooring: making lunches, cleaning, doing laundry, school’s drop-off/pick-up’s, snacks, homework, bedtime. Everyday. The same thing over, and over again. When we want to run away from all that – we go shopping. Things are way cheaper than in our countries. So we buy like crazy: shoes, clothes, bags. Shopping is every au pair way to relax. Many travel. We want to visit places with those palm trees, fancy stores which we’ve seen in the movies.

Many au pair realize that this program is not just fun, it’s hard work as well, and it’s not quite the American Dream they were expecting. Well, this shouldn’t stop anybody from taking the best of what they have and trying to have as much fun, and see as many places as possible just so they can go back home with heads full of memories of great moments and great places.

This session with Ewa  is going to be one of those memories.

 
With this session I am launching a new offer, available all year long and exclusive for au pairs only. For more details click here

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