Children at Play…

My absolute favorite subject to photograph are kids.  I admire the way they are just themselves in front of the camera.  Not yet old enough to be tainted with the pressures and expectations of our society.  They are care-free, natural and as authentic as they come.  Thanks to the kids I have been able to photograph, I have now adapted a strategy with adults to help them arrive BACK at the place these beautiful children are…to feel comfortable enough to let loose, show their natural beauty and authentic, not forced, smile.  There is such a difference when I look at the photographs…I instantly know when I’ve captured their essence for something glorious is sparkling in their eye, their smile lights up just so and they all of a sudden look absolutely beautiful.  Thank you children for showing me what this is!!

When I’m shooting kids especially, I enjoy simply playing with them…with my camera in hand of course.  I find all sorts of beautiful giggles, unique expressions, and one of a kind poses that I would never be honored to witness if I were in a studio or more rigid with my style.  It is a very fun challenge for me, and I grab every opportunity I can.  Below are some pictures I took while on the playground with a group of kids from church.  Authentic, real, innocent and absolutely beautiful.

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