When I think about the reason that I was drawn to photography it has a lot to do with the idea of capturing moments. I'm lucky enough to get invited into family homes to watch their stories unfold. My photography isn't overly posed. I don't do a lot of "Look at me and smile!" Not because I think there is anything wrong with that type of session but mainly because I don't feel like it captures the essence of the people in the picture. Honestly, there is nothing I'd rather do than suggest an activity to a family and watch them interact in their natural element. Documentary photography is the act of being a "fly on the wall" and capturing those tiny moments that show your family just as they are at this exact moment in history. A posed picture will help you to always remember how your child looked at a specific age but it won't show you how they interacted with you, their siblings and their world. Pictures make children (and adults) nervous and parents are often upset with fake smiles or tears. However, having a child bake cookies, read a book, color or build Legos puts them in a different mindset and THOSE are the images that will show personality, likes, and interests. Those are the images I want to grace my walls.
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