To the mother that wrote me this morning, thank you. I brag to my friends in other industries all the time about my clients and the nature of our relationships but I rarely take the opportunity to stop and consider what we mean to each other. I have made a lot of great friends in my short decade of photographing families and children and doing so has become the biggest perk of a career that’s loaded with them. I must respect the family’s need for privacy in a delicate matter but I want to publicly say that I love you guys.
I love the art and science of photography and 2-dimensional art but I chose portraiture as a career because of the personal nature of the work. That applies more to family and children’s photography than any other area of my field. On the eve of a weekend full of headshot and model shoots that preclude a full week of shooting the greatest bands in the world as a member of SXSW’s photography team, I’m reminded why photographing children and their families will always, always come first for me. I love what I do. I love turning a shy 3 year old into my best friend before I’m finished setting my white balance. I love capturing the moment that a suddenly self-aware 11 year old laughs like they did before they had to be cool. I love walking into a family’s home for the 4th time and seeing my work adorn their walls and complete their living room. I love watching mom fight happy tears upon seeing her rapidly growing children frozen in time in her custom made slideshow. Most of all, I love hearing that my work, the thing that I’m most proud of, makes someone else happy every day. Hearing that long after the print has been packaged and delivered with a silver bow, it has the power to help an entire family.
Thank you again for the reminder of the importance of my work. Thanks to every one of you for allowing me to be successful at a career that much of the time feels like a dream. I promise to continue raising the level of my art every day to come closer to portraying the true beauty of your relationships and personalites.