Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I love taking portraits of preschoolers. I prefer to photograph these kids spontaneously when they are in the middle of their day. That way they are both busy and relaxed and are wearing their everyday clothes and hairstyles. Sometimes they are even in costumes, or there is paint or food on their faces. They usually look at the camera and give me a practiced "Cheese" smile, but if I wait just a minute or two, it goes away and something real happens. Sometimes I try to warm them up by asking them questions or joking around with them. If I am lucky (and quick), I can catch them in one of those magic moments, and in their portrait we will see a glimmer of their future adult selves or a fleeting expression of genuine emotion.