Two boys play on a beach in rural New Zealand. Niki Boon has been photographing her four home-schooled children as they explore the family's 10-acre property in Blenheim, on the northeastern tip of the country's South Island.
Boon and her husband, Rob, are raising their children without television or other electronic devices. "We prefer them to find their answers to their questions either out in nature or in books," she said.
"They live in the minute," Boon said. "They don't want to know what happened yesterday or what happened even that morning. They just want to know what's happening now." Her children range from 6 years old to 13.
One of Boon's children investigates a chicken coop.
The family's educational method is based on anthroposophy, a spiritual philosophy that says human beings can optimize their physical and mental health using mainly natural means.
"We spend so much time outside, and I want the kids to know that the world is theirs and that they're free within it," Boon said. "We've got a rural property, so they run wild and free and it's something I try to capture in the pictures -- that this is their childhood."
Boon started studying photography so that she would be able to document her children better.
Boon also wants to be able to pass these photos on to her children when they get older. "I tell (my children) over and over: 'These photos are not my photos. They're your photos, and they're for you.' "
Many of the photos were taken right in the family's backyard.
Boon's two daughters watch birds together.
"We got lots of questions from people about how this is going to work and were (my children) actually going to learn anything. ... They're just learning a little differently than in a standard school."
"It doesn't appear to have put them at any disadvantage at this point," Boon said, referring to her children's electronic-free life. "We don't have any opinions on anyone else; each to their own. Everybody chooses what they believe is best for their children. Our children seem pretty happy and OK so far. I know that'll change and that's OK, but we just want them to start this way."