12/19/2014 04:56 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

'Best Case Scenario' Photo Series Captures The Imperfect But Glorious Mess That Is Parenting

Lifestyle photographer Danielle Guenther has spent over two years taking pictures of families and children in their own homes. After one particular session "spiraled out of control," she started making a point to capture the candid moments of chaos that all parents experience, she told The Huffington Post.

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"Parenthood is messy, but wow, the unflattering side can still be so beautiful," Guenther said. After publishing a few of these messier images of parenting to her website and Facebook page, the photographer started receiving requests from other moms and dads, who wanted their own "real" family pictures taken.

Thus, her "Best Case Scenario" photo series was born. "So many parents love supporting the realism behind parenting and finding a comedy in it all," Guenther said. "Parents really do have the best sense of humor behind closed doors!" The photographer meets with families to learn their stories and see the situations that arise in their everyday lives, from siblings fighting to kitchen disasters.

For Guenther, these less-than-picture-perfect moments reflect her own experience as mom to a 5-year-old boy. "We're all in the same boat," she said. "Somedays it's hard, somedays it's easy."

Ultimately, the photographer and mom hopes that her photos will remind other parents to "embrace the chaos," she said. "Because some day you'll look into to your son or daughter's eyes and see them at 4-years-old…10….18…and want one small moment back."

Below are a few photos from Guenther's "Best Case Scenario" series.

Realistic Photos of Parenting

H/T Popsugar Moms

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