“We teach children about life, but they teach us what life is about.”
There is so much I could say about my time with this family. I am happy and blessed to have been able to spend some serious quality time with these munchkins before heading up to Alabama for the October Baby promotional tour. It was my Godson Elias’s (the oldest) 5th birthday and I was invited to join them in celebrating the little man’s birth. After almost two years of being away in Switzerland and unable to make something work to meet up, I could finally visit my long time sister-in-love and her family at their Orlando home for a few days. Because I knew I had some time, I tried something new with my photography.
For the past few weeks I’ve really admired the work of a particular photographer named Leah Zawadski who is currently concentrating on taking portraits of her children in their completely natural environment. Spending time with a dear friend, her husband and their three boys helped me get into a place where I could watch life happen a little differently than what I’m accustomed to and then document what I saw. It was more or less an exercise in seeing life through a different lens you could say. These first set of these images are part of my experiment to capture them as kids being kids while using the available light I have in the most creative way possible. With only my Nikon body and a cheap 50mm lens to work with, I was limited in some ways but liberated in others since no time was wasted changing lenses.
It was a gift to have time with them for almost a week. I will cherish this trip and remember the way the light lit up their innocence with the freedom to be themselves. Towards the end of my visit I took the family in the sun for a more typical golden hour photo session which was a session I’d been dreaming of for years. I found much joy in looking back over these photos and watching them live out their childhood as uniquely as they are to me.