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This mom of 5 beautifully captures the everyday magic of family life


Meg Loeks | @meg_nlo/Instagram

Theresa Civantos Barber - published on 04/30/22

Meg Loeks' work reveals how our children can be our greatest inspiration -- and that beauty and goodness are all around us.

There’s a common misconception that having children stifles creativity, but many creatives who are parents would tell you that their best inspiration comes from their children.

A striking example is photographer and mother of five Meg Loeks, a celebrated artist with a massive online following, whose glowing images capture the magic of everyday life in a big family.

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Loeks is a photographer based in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the mother of five children. She has an extraordinary gift for putting together just the right color, composition, and timing. Her Instagram account reveals a portfolio of gorgeous images from which it’s hard to tear yourself away. 

Some of her photos playfully imitate vintage artwork, such as Norman Rockwell paintings. Others are candid yet equally beautiful. Together, they reveal the hidden joy at the heart of home. 

What makes all her photos glow as if by magic is the loving eye behind the camera. You can see the delight this mother takes in her children:

The complete adoration that Loeks has for her family is evident throughout each photo. “My work centers around nostalgia and the home,” she tells My Modern Met. “I’m drawn to the in-between moments and everyday mundane. My children are my greatest inspirations, and I love being able to transform simple happenings with them into artistic portraits through use of color, storytelling, and more.” 

She’s also got an out-of-this-world talent for noticing the beauty in daily life. 

Appreciating the beautiful moments of daily life is a skill that makes life happier, but many of us who try to cultivate this skill aren’t great at chronicling it. Loeks’ talent for not just noticing but perfectly capturing these sweet moments is inspiring. 

Her work reveals that our children can be our greatest source of inspiration. She shows that beauty and goodness are all around us, right in the hearts of our own homes, if only we can stop to pay attention to them.

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