When I first started out as a photographer my biggest fear was photographing kids. I was worried that they would be afraid of the camera. And let’s be honest a random human shoving a camera in your face can be traumatising, especially when you are equal lengths to a pot plant. I have countless studio photos of myself bawling my little kid eyes out. Shame, I can just imagine how my mom must have felt every time a day trip to the photographer ended up in snot and tears.
Kids are honest, and if they don’t like something they will make damn sure you know it. I eventually came to a decision that whenever I had a mom who wanted pictures of her child, I would just let them play and photograph them from a distance. No studio, no glaring lights, no artificial nonsense. Just pure, unscripted moments, images a honest as a child.