Children are the light and day of most households. Sure, we’ve all wanted to pull our hair out after they leave tiny toys all over the floor, spill juice, milk, nail polish and turn the wall into a coloring book. But the truth is, we all strive for just five quick seconds of peace and serenity, yet once they’ve grown up thinking back on their childhoods is nothing short of heartwarming and profound. It’s good to be reminded to capture and relive the essence of children, even though it may get sticky at times.

Kids Were Here is a beautiful installment of photos set up by Ketti Photography that includes work from 30 photographers who “share their unconventional, yet universal perspective on what life with children looks like,” according to its site. It brings a nostalgia that is all too heartwarming, and reminds us that we shouldn’t make our happiness dependent on constant cleanliness, but to love the messes and toys that will soon be packed up forever. Let’s take a look.

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© Claire Bunn via Kids Were Here

It has kind of an eerie feel to it. However, once you go through all of the pictures, the messes and clutter that take up space in the photos are recognizable, but the absence of children gives it a feeling of slight loneliness or abandonment. It makes you long for the accompaniment of the children, almost giving you a first insight to how it would feel when the children are grown up and no longer make these messes that make these photos what they are.

 

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© Heather M. Robinson via Kids Were Here

What a heartwarming emotion, despite the cleanup process that you will inevitably start almost immediately after capturing the photo. Yet, there is almost no more hostility towards the child and their lack of carefulness.

 

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© Breanna Peterson via Kids Were Here

A nice appeal, and a great excuse for some at-home creativity!

 

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© Ginger Unzueta via Kids Were Here

 

The best part about this is that anyone can do this project! Any mom can start on this creative journey of future nostalgia while capturing the moments that will later tug their hearts more than they first expect.

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© Jelly Bean Pics via Kids Were Here

 

Check out the Kids Were Here blog for more heartwarming imagery!