“Spotted!”, our biweekly photo look at a family by Justine Cooper , features families that personify a unique look in both who they are and how they live. If you are interested in being photographed for this segment, please email us.
From Justine:When I met Andriana Caradimitropoulo Spence and her girls the first thing I noticed is they have a sort of “comfortable in their own skin” vibe. It’s not so much what they are wearing, but that it illustrates their lifestyle. Her two young daughters, Josephine (JoJo) and Veronica (Ronnie), have kept Andriana on the run, literally. A former gymnast and dancer she now runs half marathons in her downtime. So I guess that’s why socks are important to her. Enough so that when she got fed up with kids’ socks that fell off or were outgrown too quickly, she developed her own line of eco-friendly retro inspired tube socks for infants through children. (Ronnie is test driving some of her Hank & JoJo socks in the photos).
Their home is as functional and casual as their wardrobe.
A few special pieces are mixed throughout the space. Some were given to them for their wedding, others collected at vintage stores like Two Jakes in Williamsburg. I loved the vintage Hoosier repurposed as clothing and toy storage (and perch). Art is sprinkled about, like this cool painting of them on their wedding day.
Their piano feels like the heart of the apartment. It’s crowded on top with multi-generational family photos, including those of their Greek and Irish relatives, that the girls love to look at, when not accompanying mom on piano.
Ronnie is seriously robust, my daughter of the same age totters about on rickety feet. Ronnie is a Warner Bros. road runner by comparison – she needs those grips on the bottom of her socks! Her “palm tree” pony tail is a right of passage for all toddlers as their hair grows in, and without it Andriana comments that “she looks like Justin Bieber!”
JoJo’s Je t’aime Brooklyn T-shirt and cape – every girl needs a cape – make her as ready for action as her mom.
Andriana, a former fashion publicist, laughs off the fact that being pregnant, breastfeeding or wiping tushies for the last 4 years has held her wardrobe hostage. She used to wear the latest thing, and now she wears the latest thing that hasn’t been peed on! Still, she keeps up with the trends and her love of fashion, but has entered a different fashion stage of life where comfort and expression are features that come out on top.
Truthfully this is not a fairy wings, tea party and tutu crowd. Andriana’s husband, Ivan Spence, who owns a few classic Irish sports bars in the city, is always on the move. Their personal style is a fort-inhabiting, somersault-performing, jamming and mosh pit ready family. Go!
Justine Cooper, our “Spotted!” photographer, loves capturing babies and families so much, she made a career out of it. Originally trained as a photojournalist, she also has a Masters in Fine Art. She splits her time between creating work for galleries and shooting families in the New York area. She lives with her husband and two children in Brooklyn. Her portrait work can be seen at www.justinecooperphotography.com. Justine was voted “Brooklyn’s Best Family Photographer” by Nickelodeon’s Parents Connect.