The Mixed Race Project: Meet Rebecca and Joon’s Family

January 15, 2014 |  Category:   photography


It’s been a really long time, but I have another installment of the Mixed Race Project up. I met Rebecca and Joon’s family in Seattle last summer (I know, such a long time ago), and I’m excited to bring you their story. This will most likely be the last family featured in the Mixed Race Project. I had intentions of visiting and shooting a few more families in the NY area in the Fall, but work has completely consumed my schedule. I even met with a literary agent over the summer who was very interested in pitching the project in book format to publishers, but I couldn’t figure out how to make the extensive travel schedule that it required fit into our lives right now.


I want to thank all of the families who contacted me and participated in the project. Many of them were blog readers and I really appreciate that they put their trust in me by welcoming me into their homes and allowing us a peek into their lives. I met so many wonderful families in the process. Since I’m always searching for personal projects to take on (because who needs sleep, right?), I’ve decided to end the Mixed Race Project for now. I want to move on, work on different things. There is never a shortage of ideas, but always a shortage of time…

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  • deborah January 15, 2014 at 8:58 pm


  • Steph January 15, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Your mixed race project was how i found your blog. It was wonderful to see a variety of families featured and would love to “meet ” more, but a busy life is certainly a good excuse, not that you need one. My family is also mixed, I’m German (born and raised) and my partner is African-American with Philippino and Irish roots. Our son looks like both of us, with a blond afro and olive eyes. He is fully bilingual and I incorporate many German customs and traditions into our lives. i’ve meant to comment for a long time just to say that I enjoy your writing, especially your posts on changes you experience as you get older, and parenting. Thank you for a lovely series!

    • Jenna January 16, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      I’m glad you found your way here. And thank you for commenting and telling me a little about yourself. It’s always appreciated!

  • Ayadet January 16, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Beautiful series. Thank you for sharing with us.

  • Katie January 16, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Aww, so sad you are ending the mixed race project. I have really enjoyed it. Your reasons for ending it of course make total sense, though.

    • Jenna January 16, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      thank you. Yes, I think it’s time to move on. I think I got what I needed out of the series. There are so many more stories to tell out there, that even just these 10 features seem like such an anemic cross section of multiracial family life, but the logistics and time of setting up these photoshoots are hard to manage with all the other stuff going on. The book pitch would have been a wider cross section which would have demanded an intense travel schedule, but unfortunately that just didn’t work with our family life right now. Maybe some day :)

  • dolittledesign January 16, 2014 at 9:57 am

    This last project has particularly beautiful photos. Good light that day? :-) Enjoyed this series. We are also a mixed race family.

    • Jenna January 16, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      sunshine is always a crapshoot in Seattle! But more likely in August than not, luckily…

  • Laura January 17, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Add me to the chorus of sad about the end of this project! I also found your blog, and subsequently your delicious cookies and marshmallows, through the project. My husband is Korean and I am a European mutt, with our first baby due in June. I loved not only the family pictures, but hearing about the experiences. The comment about language in today’s post particularly struck me. My husband is in the same boat with not being able to speak Korean well enough to speak it with our children and we are already wistful about wanting to be able to communicate better with his parents. Totally understand your reasons for not continuing with the project but wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it!

    • Jenna January 17, 2014 at 12:46 am

      Nice to hear from you Laura! I think there are many of us in that language situation. I don’t speak Korean really at all either, so my children are not learning it. My parents speak English so there isn’t a communication barrier, but there is one between me and my grandmother. It’s a regret and i know that it’s never too late to learn, but certainly the core years of early learning for the language is gone.

  • Audrie January 19, 2014 at 4:22 am

    It’s sad to see the end of your wonderful project but I completely understand your reasons for it ending. Just know that as a person in a mixed race marriage, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it :) Thank you for sharing their beautiful stories.