While looking through photos of myself as a child, I was struck by something
interesting. I remember spending most of my childhood wearing sweat-pants
and football jerseys. But according to my history documented in film, I
wore nice sweaters or casual summer attire like at my June birthday. It
dawned on me that, in our house, the camera only came out on big occasions: my
parents’ anniversary, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or my birthday.
I don't believe I have one shot of me in my childhood bedroom, or in my
favorite Walter Payton or John Elway football jerseys, or playing with the
He-Man characters that I spent hours with. The pictures I have are of me
in some photography studio in a sweater that I wore only once. While
those pictures are cute and lovely, they miss out on a lot of what my life as a
child was all about.
Taking pictures of children is one of my most prized joys; every shot is so
authentic. Their smiles and laughter are sincere and their joy is
infectious. I like to shoot children on their turf, where they feel the
most comfortable. Generally, I spend a little time with them, playing a
game, or allowing them to give me a tour of the house or backyard before I pull
out the camera. Once everyone is feeling comfortable, the camera comes
out, and the fun begins.