Monday, August 2, 2010

On the Road….Route 45, Woodward, Pennsylvania

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  1. tiffany.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    OMGoodness!!! i LOVE them! the end.

  2. Anonymous

    August 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    classy (sincerely)

  3. Belle de Couture

    August 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    OMG they are too cute…I can't stand it!!


  4. Ali

    August 2, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    WOW beautiful pictures. You r so cosmopolitan. You're all over the world.

  5. The Sheep in a Box

    August 2, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    lovely and just…adorable :)

  6. CV Denise le Clercq

    August 2, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Very very very cute! Great photos!

  7. Anonymous

    August 2, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    they are cute! But you are probably the first to have Mennonite on a style blog or in a stly section of anything.. they must be Mennonite though, not Amish as they let you take their picture and as they have print on their clothes…

  8. Anonymous

    August 2, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I commented earlier about the girl who appears to be the eldest daughter. In light of these pictures of the younger children, the first photograph you offered really stands out as a great portrait. The other pictures are charming; the children are beautiful and without affect. This new batch give a slice of life, but the first photo is a novel.

  9. amber

    August 2, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    these photos are gorgeous. so sweet and simple. i often wish my life looked this way.


  10. The Little Dust Princess

    August 2, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Too cute!!

  11. Anonymous

    August 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Beauty in Simplicity

  12. Kar

    August 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Mom's cap says Mennonite to me. Married Amish women tend to wear less revealing caps and their hair is tightly drawn down.

    Both Amish and Mennonite wear sneakers. It's kind of funny at first seeing 'em in black reeboks at first but hey, why not if it's good for their feet?

    I'm going to say not Hutterite given Mom's hair isn't the rolled style. Then again, PA's full of smaller Anabaptist sects.

  13. Marie

    August 2, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Really beautiful pictures! They are so simple, yet unique, I love it.


    August 2, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    What a beautiful family!

  15. bruns

    August 2, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    it makes me happy that people knew these folks were mennonites. LOVE these photos!

  16. Lauren

    August 2, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    These photos are a breath of fresh air, and only further attest to your ability to present subjects in their most flattering and honest light. Beautiful. So. Beautiful.

    Hand made:

  17. Red Red Rose

    August 2, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    So cute!

  18. fasoolka

    August 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Dress on last photo is beautiful. Great pictures!

  19. Anonymous

    August 2, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    I'm not one to usually go crazy over kids, but these children are adorable. Utterly beautiful. Each one is cute enough to be in some ad or movie, but it's so great that they're cute, regular people :-).

  20. Ashes

    August 2, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Lovely images, that little girls rose print dress is so cute.

  21. Jennie Nhi Nguyen

    August 2, 2010 at 4:37 pm

  22. Brittany

    August 2, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    What little sweethearts!

  23. Kathleen

    August 2, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    OMG, what do I say? Beautiful photographs, all. The light was beautiful this morning and makes the most incredible backdrop to these delightful pictures of Americana. Oh how sweet, I have tears in my eyes. The small child in the red wagon with the blueberries in the background is gorgeous. All the children and their loving thoughtful mother are lovely, but all the blues with the contrast of the red wagon in the background in this one particular shot could very well be my favorite.

  24. periwinkle

    August 2, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    simple and natural and beautiful

  25. Miss DeltaG

    August 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    adorable!so stylish!


  26. rebecca

    August 2, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    So, so cute! I love their hair

  27. Jessica Faith

    August 2, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    sweet sweet girl…

  28. Monika

    August 2, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    very nice:)

  29. Malena

    August 2, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Scott, we want to know the story!!!

  30. Julie

    August 2, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    There is so much beauty in simplicity.

  31. JJ Scholl

    August 2, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    what wholesome innocence


    August 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    LOVE! So real and refreshing!!! And those girl's darling braids! Love LOVE LOVE! Please do more photos like this! :)

  33. Heather

    August 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    They all look gorgeous. Can you not imagine that first pic, minus the underdress and with some fierce stilettos, on a 20-something? Beautiful pattern.

  34. Tractor Radio Co.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    We could wish that all of the children in America looked this good, sweet, and decent. Excellent photos.

  35. Karli

    August 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Amazing…As a Brit this for me is the perfect insight into the vast and extraordinary place that America! Again…Amazing!

  36. anthony

    August 2, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Why do some children always have a sad, faraway look in their eyes? The pictures are beautiful.

  37. alyssa

    August 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    This certainly answers a slew of questions from the previous post and adds to the excitment of these photos. thank you, Scott for sharing this beautiful and highly unknown area of America. Beautiful!!

  38. 82Brute

    August 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    A few things. I see it isn't just you, Scott, who garners derision from the fair maiden in your first picture. She's really giving her caregiver a bit of the old stink eye in your second photo, which I find really funny and revealing. Second thing, for those of you who find yourselves with a sudden hankering for calico, I've found a Mennonite dress web site, so go nuts with it.

  39. a Broad

    August 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm


  40. Min

    August 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    The prints are so Liberty's, or Laura Ashley. Lovely!

  41. Anonymous

    August 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Priceless! And the little boy in the Red Wagon…!

  42. Caroline, No.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm


  43. Christina

    August 2, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Such lovely images of the children.

  44. Anonymous

    August 2, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    These photos seem to be "frozen in time"…

    That is why I love vintage items, architectural landmarks, etc….The attention to detail, standards of excellence and one-of-a-kind.
    These children are so well styled and look so wholesome and so happy…

  45. agnes szucs

    August 2, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    i feel to be transported back in time… and i love it!

  46. jimjims

    August 2, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    the simple life!

    would love to squeeze those cheeks!

  47. nemee

    August 2, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    These are incredible. The photographs are just so different than what people are used to seeing. Amazing.

  48. prosto tak

    August 2, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    such a cool perspective and concept for these photos. and, needless to say, the kids are adorable.

  49. Anonymous

    August 2, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    These images remind me of my early childhood spent on a Hare Krishna commune in central Pennsylvania. I love they're on a blog with style photos of how I currently aspire to dress. Thanks for the flashback. :)

  50. Amber

    August 2, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    I absolutely l.o.v.e these. You've inspired me.

  51. Valentine

    August 2, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Cute kids !
    -diary of a belgian stylist-

  52. edge and grace

    August 2, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Beautiful shots!! A totally different but serene style here. Thanks for posting.


  53. Pooch Morning Glory

    August 2, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    awesome !!!

  54. norma

    August 2, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Thanks for publishing the rest of the family pics. Puts the first one in a context. They really are lovely.

  55. Anonymous

    August 2, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    beautiful shots but obnoxiously romanticized in the context of this blog.

  56. Stephanie

    August 2, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    ditto Anon who said the first photo is a novel. With this series of photos I'm a sartorialist fan for life. I found them so interesting I forgot about the fashion angle –til I saw the girl with the long dark braids with the teal smock apron over the yellow dress…the colors…the print…i love

  57. Ashley

    August 2, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    How adorable!!!
    Beautiful photos, as usual.

  58. Pera Chapita

    August 2, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    i ♥ them

  59. Anonymous

    August 2, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    These pictures are incredible. I only wish I could take portraits with this skill, and that people like this existed where I live.

    other thoughts: As I was looking at the photos I glanced at the American Apparel "Lace" ad which was flashing obnoxiously; and the contrast prompted complete disgust. No, I don't think we need to dress like Mennonites. But what if we used a little more class when dressing? what if we thought not only of fashion when dressing , but also of maintaining some shadow of the innocence portrayed here?

  60. Anonymous

    August 2, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    I'm surprised they let you take a picture of them- but judging by the hair clip and the sneakers- they are a bit more progressive than your average Amish family, unless they are Mennonites. Regardless, they are a beautiful family and I am glad they allowed you to share their beauty with us.

  61. AnonymousJK

    August 2, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    I knew it, the Amish have amazing style too! Look for this on a runway near you!

  62. Francesca

    August 2, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    these pictures are out of this world

    F <– Texas gal bloggin fashion from NYC!

  63. Kimberley

    August 2, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    These are such beautiful, heartwarming photos. The little boy reminds me a bit of my son – so sweet.

  64. Louis Duke

    August 2, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    I am so happy you are doing this. City street photography and style is great, don't get me wrong, I just think their is a serious disconnect these days with some of the more exuberant styles of the city and the more traditional style of more rural areas. Maybe it is just me, living in the way deep south, in a very conservative area, but I definitely know the area these photos come from.

  65. Dana

    August 2, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Beautiful, touching and gentle.

  66. ellen.euc

    August 2, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    great photos from an art perspective, and great inspiration from a fashion one. personalities can be so different that it is hard to tell whether some of the people on this blog (especially kids) pulled the first things out of the closet or carefully mixed prints and textures…but either way you remind us that fashion comes in many forms. thanks!

  67. Camille

    August 2, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    So cute. Wonderful world…

  68. kara lynn

    August 2, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    wow. so priceless

  69. Jane See

    August 2, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    There's beauty in simplicity. :)

  70. Rebekah Daphne

    August 2, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Definitely not Amish. I live in Lancaster County and, believe me, their clothes are a LOT flashier than those of an Amish family!

  71. Eva

    August 2, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    yes! pennsylvania! woot woot!

    seriously, though, these photographs are beautiful and excellently portray beauty in simplicity. i only wish i could dress like this with so much elegance.

  72. Yolande

    August 2, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    I love these! Especially the little girl at the top – love her shy/mischievous expression!!

  73. Victoria and Danni

    August 2, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    So inspirational. These girls are the faces of pure, innocent, raw beauty. You rock.


  74. Tiffany

    August 2, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Now this is a true gem! Are you sure you didn't plant them there?

  75. I.G.

    August 2, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Hmm. The jumper dress of the first girl looks very nice. It's the only one I liked, to be honest. But the kids are cute and it's interesting to see the contrast between them and … others who aren't from their area. I like how they're modest, we really need some of that today.

  76. Anonymous

    August 2, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Look at the amazing arms on that woman! Great to see such a strong woman and her beautiful children.

  77. Rosy

    August 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Beautiful!!! Thank you for taking their pictures…

  78. Hoosier in DC

    August 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Scott, these pictures immediately reminded me of the countless school trips and afternoons at Connor Prairie. Makes me miss my hometown.

  79. Jennifer Hoak

    August 2, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Nice pics but a documentary photographer must know that his/ her doc photos always invite serious social commentary. Many of the Penn Amish are extremely impoverished and struggling right now and I really don't see them as "cute" but I find this display on your otherwise inspiring blog troubling. Maybe a new blog for this sort or angle of your work? Did you exchange money with them for these photos? My experience as a documentary photographer asks that I respect the subject. Do you think you've done this? Did these children decide whether or not to go global on your blog? I am just disturbed by this in a variety of ways. Always enjoy your work but this is outside your realm of experience and begets little in the way of fashion information. Good compositions but sorry but these belong somewhere else.

  80. François

    August 2, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    so adorable!!! gorgeous! one doesn't need to be rich or to "in fashion" to be graceful…

  81. Namfon

    August 2, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    wow it's like we're back in the old days again. Are people still wearing these kind of clothes? Anyway nice photos.

  82. Anonymous

    August 2, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    the older girl with the braids is haunting… my favorite thing is her bare feet

  83. katkas

    August 2, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    such sweet pictures! absolutely beautiful photography

  84. RouseCat

    August 2, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    So very sweet. The first little girl with the sneakers is simply adorable. I just want to squeeze her!

    You are the best, Mr. Schuman

  85. Sutton

    August 2, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    these children are simply beautiful, and the sun kissed lighting makes reminds me how magical and happy simple living is. this is a reminder for all of us.

    these images from Penn have been some of your most powerful.

  86. indahariani

    August 2, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    ……its awesome as usual… thanks a lot for sharing this beautiful pictures Mr. Schuman…..

  87. Perry

    August 2, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    These are all beautiful, but I really love that first little girl! She's just too cute!

  88. DANA

    August 2, 2010 at 11:55 pm


  89. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 12:00 am

    These photos are lovely and I'm so glad you finally made it out of the city and took some pictures of rural life. Hopefully you will also do this the next time you are abroad.

  90. Darmaine Q.

    August 3, 2010 at 12:01 am

    what is the story behind this wonderful family?

  91. Wendy Kloiber

    August 3, 2010 at 12:06 am

    I am really appreciating your pictures of girls – Thea, and now this family.

    I liked your hesitancy in asking Thea for her picture, and I like the hesitancy in the eldest daughter in the face of the camera. I'm grateful to you for taking the pictures, and to these girls, for sharing themselves as images of what girls can look like. Thank you also for the artistry of your eye, that conveys the intelligence of these subjects as an element of of their style.

  92. Jonathon Pedrozo

    August 3, 2010 at 12:19 am

    cant stop looking at them!

  93. Miguel Ignacio

    August 3, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Awesome job… that is way I LOVE photography, as simple as one shoot you can catch the innocence, beauty and simplicity of life.

    Looking those photos is so easy to see how many people in this world live without any attachment, no superficiality, just being in family, staying together and growing so far away from big cities, noise, chaos, urban patterns and so on.

  94. HushOrDie

    August 3, 2010 at 12:51 am

    i love these!!

  95. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 1:38 am

    I grew up not a half an hour from this town and they are Amish. Amish from central PA are quite different than Lancaster or other states/areas. Many of them actually sell fabric in small shops. My mom was one of few non-Amish to frequent one.

  96. BenchesandChandeliers

    August 3, 2010 at 2:36 am

    sweet subjects & photos!

  97. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 2:41 am

    If not Amish then what?

  98. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 2:42 am

    I look at your blog everyday nearly w/out fail. THESE PICTURES ARE THE MOST ACCOMPLISHED YOU'VE DONE IN YOUR WITHIN YOUR OEUVRE. -seriously, I am a photographer,dealer&artworldly guy. I just know these things. Maybe shooting in the EU has give your mind's eye new goggles for the US. Now, please stay in NYC for awhile. I love seeing your people in places I know (esp. SoHo, my 'hood). Best, PvaC

  99. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 2:50 am

    They're very very cute!!!!!!!
    and, rose print dress is beautiful~


  100. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 2:51 am

    You came to my home state! Welcome. I hope we treated you well. Thank you of capturing the Simple Life so well in these pictures.

    Much love!
    - Vanessa

  101. MELISSA Z.

    August 3, 2010 at 3:10 am

    wonderful pics, woooooooow! Great job!

  102. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 3:12 am

    They're all cute…

  103. lizp

    August 3, 2010 at 3:14 am

    The mothers' bare feet say a lot in juxtaposition to the 'strict' religion, and I love the way she is hiking up her apron. I know most people are focusing on the children but I can't take my eyes off of the woman!

  104. J.Ro

    August 3, 2010 at 3:22 am

    I need to add WITNESS to my DVD queue.

  105. tannhauser

    August 3, 2010 at 3:25 am

    where i live in austria little girls still tend to dress and style their hair in similar way. but then the amish and hutterers are of germanic origin…
    shame about the social context, though.

  106. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 3:55 am

    What is with the odd obsession over girls' modesty in comments recently, in so many posts?
    Truly disturbing, when acknowledging that society-imposed standards of 'modesty' have been used to shame and control women's behavior for centuries.

    To the extent that these standards are religion-imposed (which they often are, no matter what religion one is talking about), girls of the age depicted here do not necessarily have any active choice in their display of modesty, nor in the fact that their value in society is determined by their 'modesty'.
    I do not know what these girls in particular feel, of course, but the unreflected romanticizing here of something than can be very problematic is really disturbing.

  107. Purses Pastries Etc...

    August 3, 2010 at 4:06 am

    A step back in time! Really sweet and pretty — sincere smiles!

  108. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 4:21 am

    I think the first picture, the girl with the dress and the sneakers is your best picture ever.

  109. Lady M

    August 3, 2010 at 4:26 am

    So cute! Especially I love 3rd photo:)

  110. Ece

    August 3, 2010 at 4:59 am

    cute :)

  111. Ms K

    August 3, 2010 at 5:41 am

    the girl is so cute=)
    I love her dress!


  112. riviera t.

    August 3, 2010 at 5:43 am

    bellissime *

  113. EB Finds

    August 3, 2010 at 5:55 am

    My neighbors are all Mennonite here in the Finger Lakes Region of NY. Their simple family centric lifestyle is wonderful to witness and their farm stands are AMAZING!

  114. Miriam Simard

    August 3, 2010 at 6:01 am

    There is something so beautiful about seeing little girls wearing dresses. I'm going to dress my girls in pretty printed dresses. :)

  115. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 6:15 am


  116. Chama

    August 3, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Absolutely beautiful children…. I keep wondering where have all the purity disappeared from my teenaged children and also today's children?

  117. fashion pr

    August 3, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Very cute and adorable. Great pics as ever!

  118. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 7:16 am

    These are faces that I see on a regular basis, living in the heart of Amish/Mennonite country, here in Lancaster County. Welcome to the simple life!

  119. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 7:30 am

    So adorable!!! Jennifer H-chill, huh? Scott is a photographer, not a demon trying to exploit these people. Jeez.

  120. artgal

    August 3, 2010 at 7:47 am

    There ARE angels among us…just beautiful and thank you for posting these

  121. bobbi

    August 3, 2010 at 7:51 am

    if only kids could always look like this…

  122. greybreaks

    August 3, 2010 at 7:59 am

    the last 2 shots are brilliant! nice to have a break from the beautiful people.

  123. IS THIS IT? models review

    August 3, 2010 at 8:01 am

    OMG, little girls with hand in hand or hands behind back in a pic are more than a rarity nowadays! these are so adorable and genuine…

  124. CLAUDIA C.

    August 3, 2010 at 8:05 am

    I really love them !!!!!!

  125. Key

    August 3, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Such a lovely series of photographs. Style is where – and how – you see it.

  126. Jens

    August 3, 2010 at 8:37 am


  127. Jo

    August 3, 2010 at 8:48 am

    I'd love to see a response to somdoodornb of the critical posts here.

  128. mag

    August 3, 2010 at 9:02 am

    I am speechless… Great pictures. Open mind… I love it.

  129. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Thank you for stepping out of the City Life and showing us a more innocent, simple style and perspective of life. Just beautiful shots….thanks…L

  130. Shukura Li

    August 3, 2010 at 9:24 am

    the last pic is amazing

    shes a great model too

  131. Moscot

    August 3, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Nice pictures!

  132. Amy

    August 3, 2010 at 10:18 am


  133. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 10:24 am

    judging by the stains on the girl's dress in the top picture, i do believe they have just returned from a blueberry picking expedition!

  134. ML

    August 3, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I'm getting seriously tired of people romanticising so-called "modesty" and "restraint" in comments lately. It's just so… ignorant. Ignorant of centuries of religious, political and psychological oppression of women. I know people get uncomfortable around young people's and children's sexuality (the term is used broadly here), but just learn to deal with it healthily. A sixteen year old girl, whether you like it or not, is, biologically, a sexual being.

    That being set aside, I appreciate your photographic work. Inspiration can come from the most unexpected of places, and you make the most amazing portraits.

  135. joshylola

    August 3, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Little pretty girls :D I love floral printed dresses

  136. Petey

    August 3, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Gorgeous children. So nice to see kids dressed like children, not mini-adults.

  137. Krisztina

    August 3, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Simply beautiful. Thank you for showing this special way of life.

  138. lifeisagame

    August 3, 2010 at 11:27 am

    ML, none of these children are sixteen. Living in a world where people think their view is the only view, only furthers YOUR ignorance. I don't in any way feel oppressed in the liberal city I'm from, and in fact even feel pressured to uncover because apparently thats what men expect young women to do. Frankly, I'm appalled you would even attempt to justify yourself by claiming a sixteen year old is a sexual being and should show herself as such. Your logic only further pigeon holes women into being the object of sexual desire when many women actually want more than that. This family wants to build a home, and I would venture to say many modern women reading this blog want to build a career. Both can be done without sexuality.

    These photos aren't meant to demean the children for the life they have, but credit them for having poise, life, and vibrancy in a culture we don't understand. I just adore the young boy who looks as though he just got caught nicking one of those blackberries in his wagon.

  139. HRH Princess Buttercup

    August 3, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I love this soooo much! I love seeing children that look like children and not(fill in the blank!)

  140. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 11:56 am

    ML-you are ignorant, as is your trying to bring sexuality into a conversation where it isn't really relevant. There IS an adult in these photos, one who is obviously supervising these children. Just try to enjoy the photos, nothing more, nothing less. Jeez again.

  141. pinky

    August 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    such beauty in the real sense of the word.

  142. Voon

    August 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    The image of the young boy in overalls in the blueberry wagon is what summer outdoors for a kid should be all about! That and climbing trees of course.

    Just absolutely love the hues here – the red wagon, the blues on the boy's hat and outfit and the greens of the grass and the berry containers.

    And the last photo is like a gorgeous Ralph Lauren Kids ad. Seriously.

    This series of photos are quiet, innocent and beautiful.

  143. Ashleigh

    August 3, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    It's amazing how only photographs can shape a person's perception of other people. From these photos we have commented how "sweet" "natural" "angels" "simple" etc. these people must be. I believe these people lead far from simple lives and everything is not all roses. It seems disrespectful to label them as so.

    These are beautiful images and they do capture a beautiful moment.

  144. Kourtney

    August 3, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    The most beautiful children. This post was refreshing to see such beauty in simplicity, and their joy is so pure. I love this.

  145. Susan

    August 3, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Wow! Such beautiful kids! What a great find! These kids look so precious and sweet!

  146. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    These pictures made my day a little bit better. They are beautiful!

  147. Ami

    August 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Lovely! What I wanted to look like when I was a little girl reading Laura Ingalls Wilder – why did she get dresses every day, while I had to wear shorts and an awfully ugly middy blouse for my school uniform? These children are all so beautiful, such a study in contrasts, with the sneakers and calico, the rose print and the solid green field, their perfect faces and dirty feet and hands. I never would have thought to snap their picture for fashion inspiration, but I love it! It makes me want to take my shoes off and find a open field and just run, as if I was a (very) little girl again.

  148. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    There's more to this family than their clothes. It's the light in their eyes that's beautiful.

  149. Lori West

    August 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    So adorable — unaffected and sweet.

  150. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I have never commented on here, but these images moved me. They are sweet and wholesome and remind me that simple is always best. Kardoules <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  151. Alejandra Palestino

    August 3, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    These pictures are awesome! Congrats

  152. Jamie

    August 3, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    So beautiful! My younger sister once attended gymnastics camp at Woodward, and on the way to pick her up, I had the pleasure of riding through Amish country with my parents on the way to a family vacation in the Adirondacks. These photos really capture the light of your subjects and remind me of how inspiring utter simplicity can be :)

  153. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Children in the country.
    Does it get any better?

    And, is the girl with pigtails a ringer for an early Lauren Hutton (gap teeth and all) or what?

  154. Anonymous

    August 4, 2010 at 4:01 am

    How cute is the little boy in his cute little cap! Beautiful pictures! Thank you

  155. Lucia

    August 4, 2010 at 4:09 am

    OMG the first picture is a whole story already even she is just a child! Wonderful picture and she is so cute! These pics made me once again wanting to go Road tripping in the States.

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    funny post love it

  157. nina

    August 4, 2010 at 6:04 am

    one of my fave Sartorialist posts. Very Little House on the Prairie : ) xx

  158. argyle

    August 4, 2010 at 7:48 am

    I agree with other commenters who have said they're disturbed by the obsession with "modesty". These are children, they shouldn't have to worry about "modesty".
    As for other recent comment threads, like the one about the 16 year old girl – the notion of modesty has been used to shame and oppress women all throughout history, and it's still being used that way. Women whould not have to be ashamed of their bodies or their sexuality. If you don't like women to dress "immodestly" then don't look at them.

  159. Anonymous

    August 4, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I love the second photo, with all the children and the mother, because every single child in the photo has a slightly different expression while the mother is looking at them with this mother hen-like expression of love. That's all I see in the photo.

  160. un hamac

    August 4, 2010 at 10:27 am

    i like these pictures capturing the styles of very different people groups. hope you keep this up.

  161. Anonymous

    August 4, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    These photos are LOVELY!

  162. Anonymous

    August 4, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Lovely photos, yet I find myself agreeing with the comment by Jennifer Hoak. I'm uncomfortable viewing these on this website not knowing whether the subjects gave informed consent("informed" meaning really understanding where and how the photos would be used). Without that, it feels objectifying and exploitative — though I absolutely know that is not your intent.

    And while I understand the temptation to romanticize the subjects or their context (modest, simple), I think it's also important to acknowledge that we do not know what the subjects themselves think or feel. For example, my first reaction to the photo with all the kids was to cringe on behalf of the (presumed) mother and wonder how much choice she has/had. But that reaction is my projection and is as disrespectful of her as the romanticizing of modesty and simplicity that may also represent oppression and poverty. We just don't know.

  163. Margo

    August 4, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Neat to have the previous photo put in the context of her family. I see scenes like this all the time and it is still beautiful to me. Just simple and unaffected. THe little boy in the wagon is my favorite shot – so cheeky and THAT HAT.

    It's the essence of a summer evening – the lighting, the dirty feet and clothes, the strubbly hair. . . .so nice.

    I'm curious about why Jennifer H keeps thinking the Pennsylvania Amish are impoverished. To my knowledge, they're actually richer than most middle class people. Those who want to farm but can't afford the land around here move to other parts where the farm land is not turned into housing developments.

  164. Smaug

    August 4, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    The comments belie two things- 1.)Fashion people are not very intellectual. 2.) The intellectuals here do not visit for the fashion

  165. Jane

    August 4, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I love these pictures. They capture simplicity beautifully.

  166. Lydia

    August 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    I don't know why people would be upset over appreciating modesty. It's impossible to fill all the holes in either argument on a blog post but my thought is – tastefulness is balance. Many of us are blessed with that choice. Do we need to go to the extreme end of (not) dressing to flaunt our liberation?

  167. LA Film Actress

    August 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Argyle – why are you repeatedly posting under different names and harping on about how repressive you find the issue of "modesty" that people are raising here?

    Modesty is a good thing and all too rare in our society. Why should everyone have to display their sexuality every minute, especially if they are young girls – or young boys for that matter? You are truly the intolerant one here. Just give it a break, leave your bizarre politics at home, and don't be such a condemning bore.

    These are great photos of some interesting young people and we can all enjoy them for their sincere and unaffected depiction of an interesting segment of humanity.

    Thank you Sartorialist for great photos as always.

  168. ada

    August 5, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Little girls in dirty dresses are perfectly attired, as far as I'm concerned. Play on, pretty monsters!

  169. tim

    August 5, 2010 at 12:53 am

    I recall you writing in an earlier post about wanting to return to PA to take some pictures, and I thought it was a great idea and hoped you would. Well…you did and they're great. Rural life contributes a lot to fashion, and hopefully you'll keep doing more of it.

  170. Z Ng

    August 5, 2010 at 1:24 am

    reminds of the west villages of turkey; red tractors and gorgeous eyes.

  171. BUBBLES

    August 5, 2010 at 5:40 am

    Beutiful photos. The kids are so cute…

  172. Eilish

    August 5, 2010 at 7:38 am

    they are all so adorable. loving the photos !

  173. carla guerra

    August 5, 2010 at 11:04 am

    they are very beautiful, but they look sad and doesn't look like children…. too well-behaved , not normal…
    and this photos, to me european, reminds me that USA is not the hightlight of progress, there's something about delay , something like a third world. and finally reminds us that america is not NY and is provincial

  174. Joy

    August 5, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    3rd one – cuuute haha

  175. thwany

    August 5, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    love the prints

  176. Charlotte

    August 6, 2010 at 12:00 am

    i posted earlier, but it didn't go through!

    these photos really evoke richard avedon's 'in the american west' to me. i think it's wonderful to see photographs that are representative of a different kind of place and lifestyle. i also love the texture given to the photographs by the natural surroundings and the dirt on the children's clothes. great work.

  177. argyle

    August 6, 2010 at 2:16 am

    LA film actress, that was my first post, and I was agreeing with previous commenters. If you think we're all the same person, I really don't care.
    No one should feel they "have to display their sexuality every minute", but neither should they feel ashamed of their bodies, and told to cover up at all cost or else be branded a slut.
    Whatever. This is clearly not the place to have a converstaion about this issue.

  178. Anonymous

    August 6, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    They are not Amish.

  179. Anonymous

    August 6, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Jennifer Hoak — way to ruin and demean these pictures. Not just once, but twice.

    Nobody here is thinking anything other than that they are beautiful, innocent, wonderful photos of children as children should be.

    You question whether money exchanged hands. Why did you immediately jump to this conclusion? Because it's what YOU would have done?

    Don't sully these photos and make them into something they're not. To me, they're about beauty, innocence and simplicity, not about the exploitation you seem to see.

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    August 7, 2010 at 3:34 am

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  181. Peta

    August 7, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Absolutely adorable.

  182. Anonymous

    August 7, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    i feel depressed when i look at. don't know why…

  183. Anonymous

    August 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Finally!!!!! Children that look like children!!!!
    Your photos are great as ususal.
    You are a remarkable photographer!!

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  185. Hinna

    August 9, 2010 at 11:42 am

    One word- Refreshing!

  186. jd

    August 11, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Lovely photos. I think more people are experimenting with simple living and moving toward conscious consumption… and perhaps this is a common ground we can find in these images. I appreciate the design and beauty of the things I have a lot more when I have less.

    Current NY Times headlines are perhaps timely in this regard…

    -Six Items or Less
    -But Will It Make You Happy

  187. Poison Wardrobe

    August 12, 2010 at 3:56 am

    Love these pictures!

  188. memory of air

    August 13, 2010 at 4:34 am

    i keep coming back to these photos even though they were posted several days ago.

    i love them.

    mostly for the top photo, of the little girl wearing tennis shoes, smiling impishly, not used to having her photo taken but absolutely comfortable in her own skin.

    fashion or no, being comfortable in ones own skin is all one needs to have complete style.

  189. Victor

    August 13, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    The first girl is so sweeeeeeeeet!
    I want her to me!

  190. derek nguyen

    August 13, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    these photos are amazing, so innocent and pure

  191. someone

    August 14, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Wow. You're such a great photographer! Love how the sneakers in the first photo surprizes you as you're scrolling down the page. A true element of exiting and unexpected style!

  192. zamboangagirl

    August 15, 2010 at 2:24 am

    you take the most beautiful pictures. i love the girl in the red cart. beautiful, beautiful. thank you.

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    August 22, 2010 at 1:17 pm

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  195. kate mcgill

    August 23, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I just need to say that you have captured something so true in that family shot – i can see something unique in each person's personality shining through – its fascinating to observe! thank you for sharing.

  196. Anonymous

    September 11, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Beautifully shot. What light. Love love love.

  197. Cindy at LottieBird

    September 14, 2010 at 7:00 am

    The fashions you photograph always inspire my wardrobe choices. I believe I will have to go get a Liberty print and make a simple dress now.

  198. laura PESSOA

    September 20, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    magnific job!!!!

  199. Anonymous

    September 23, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I love the first shot of the little girl in the blue. I keep coming back to it. Its her little shy pinched lips and the way she holds her hands so pretty and innocent. P.S love your blog

  200. ♣ PaUu Silva ♣

    October 7, 2010 at 12:01 am

    WHAT A JOB! The first shot its just amazing, the slippers and the way she hold her hands capture all my attention, so adorable, pretty and simple.

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  203. Lisa F.

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  204. sinande

    November 27, 2011 at 5:40 am

    manners!!!!…look at the way they fold their hands, n the way the taller daughter look at the mother!

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