Family and Children

Children in their purest form are the epitome of creative living. They know no boundaries. They know no fears. They are wild and imaginative and vibrant and joyful. In my opinion, children are the wisest of them all. A quote from Elizabeth Gilbert‘s book  Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear sums up my theory succinctly. 

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“Because creative living is a path for the brave. We all know this. And we all know that when courage dies, creativity dies with it. We all know that fear is a desolate boneyard where our dreams go to desiccate in the hot sun. The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. The hunt to uncover those jewels—that’s creative living.”

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We all want a meaningful life, right? Well, only when we are at our most playful can our greatest truth be revealed. Think about what you did when you were a kid. Did you love to play doctor? Were you into cars or animals or dancing? Did you always go outside to play? These simple interests tell wonders about our personalities. If we are brave enough, we will dare to follow our dreams.

My job as a photographer is simply to capture the uninhibited joy that children express. Wether they are wild and crazy, or sweet and shy,  I don’t ever try to force kids to sit in formation. No, that never works. Well, sometimes it does if you bribe them with candy… but usually if you see a photo in my gallery of children sitting together it’s because we played a game to get them in that position. Most of the photos I capture are candid- because running around like maniacs, dancing, and showing off their princess/ super hero poses is what kids do best- duh! I don’t want to take perfectly posed photos of your children. I want to photograph them having fun and celebrating life….and shouldn’t we all want to join them?!

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 “She’s a cheerful soul who’s having a wonderful time living out the existence that best suits her nature and most brings her to life.” Elizabeth Gilbert–  Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

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