Meet Annie & Michael’s Family from Brooklyn, NY

January 16, 2012 |  Category:   photography

It’s been awhile since I uploaded a new family on The Mixed Race Project, but I’m excited to share a new family with you today. Annie & Michael live right here in Brooklyn, New York and are raising a 7 year old girl and a 3 year old boy. Annie is from Colombia and Michael is a born and bred New Yorker. Annie is a Pastry Chef who runs her own business called PicklePetunia Made and she’s been super nice enough to help out a few times in the kitchen when Mark has been slammed during the holidays.


The Mixed Race Project has been hard for me to keep up because scheduling shoots, interviewing the families and editing the photos have been a time management challenge, but I don’t want the project to slide. I’m looking for a few families to shoot when we’re out on the West Coast this year: LA, Portland and Seattle. If you would like to participate and we can coordinate timing, send me an email at

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  • Sarah January 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I love this project of yours Jenna. Though I can’t for the life of me figure out how you can juggle so many things at one time… and do them all so beautifully! Such an inspiration.
    Love the photos of Annie’s delicious looking baked goods. Perhaps she can guest post a few recipes, because I’m certainly looking for a reason to curb this “eat healthy” new years resolution thing :)

  • sue January 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I really love your mixed race project, the pictures are beautiful.

  • Jolene January 16, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Please keep this going Jenna. This is one of the many reasons why I keeping coming back to this website. Always puts a smile on my face or sets me thinking.

  • Stephanie January 16, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Love this project. Similar to this new family, my mother is adopted and therefore associates with her adoptive parents culture than her birth parents. It’s always fun to tell people I’m 1/4 Arab when I look far from it, but it is what I am (culturally). I’ve also recommended this blog to a friend of mine who is Korean and just married a typical midwestern guy. She has voiced concerns of raising her future children here and she rather enjoyed your project.

  • rebeccaNYC January 17, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Love this project. Seriously LOVE. buuuutt…every time I go to the site, I have to figure out all over again how to look at the photos. Is there someway to make this more intuitive? or am I missing something…?

    Thank you for all your hard work on your blog, your project, and sharing your life with us. I think you must be wonder woman…

  • Cindy January 17, 2012 at 4:16 am

    So lovely. I love reading the Mixed Race Project! Keep them coming please! We’re visiting New York in April and might just get to see you at one of the weekend flea in Brooklyn! =D

  • Selkie January 17, 2012 at 10:40 am

    My two sons are of a caucasian Mama (me) and an african american Dad. My oldest son is now expecting a child in July! (WOOHOO!!) The “mixed race’ heritage is being pulled out and brushed off in anticipation of… will she be dark skinned? Light skinned? eye color? It is interesting watching the impact on the ‘next generation’….

  • Carla @ All of Me Now January 17, 2012 at 11:09 am

    This project is so great. I’ve been reading more regularly through my reader and somehow missed the launch of the project so what a great surprise to see this now. I’m Cuban and Filipino and my husband is Portuguese, Italian, Irish and Spanish. So this is wonderful to see. If you ever want to make a trip to Rhode Island… =)

  • oilandgarlic January 17, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I love this project. My sons are mixed (Italian and Chinese) and I really wonder about the impact of not belonging in either race. The Italian side of the family don’t think the kids look “white” at all, while Chinese friends and relatives think they don’t look Chinese at all. Sigh…. BTW Mia reminds me of one of my sons. I would love to participate since I’m in LA but I’m just too damn private!

  • Sara Jensen January 18, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    This is so great.

  • Jenna January 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    @rebeccaNYC clicking on the photo will advance to the next! Or you can click on the next/previous text above the photo