Family Ties

For me, one of the most enjoyable things about being a photographer is that I get to meet and work with people of different backgrounds, interests, and personalities. Let me say, I am not the most outgoing person in the world but there's something fascinating about meeting people and learning so many things about them. Sometimes, that can give rise to a whole new perspective on life.

Back in May, I was given the opportunity to photograph a family of three. A sparky energetic mom, a cool laid back father, and a sweet adorable baby with smiles for miles. The shoot took place in Central Park, New York which I thought would be a fitting place to capture their natural beauty. Boy was I right. From the moment I picked up my camera to the last shot of the day, every photo portrayed a family unit so strong and bright.

This little one on the other hand, so full of life and happiness!! What a beautiful baby; he made my job so easy! His parents and I danced around him hoping to catch a glimpse of his smile. And then, magic happened. His eyes became wider and his smile became bigger and bigger showing off his two front teeth. All I could think of at that moment was how beautiful this little child was. Not because he has the most awesome smile and the cutest cheeks you ever saw, but because I could see his spirit. Happiness and laughter consumed him, his soul was so bright.

We can learn so much from children. They possess such a carefree nature, a fun curiosity, and an insatiable outlook on life. We all have these qualities inside of us but sometimes we lose touch with them along the way. Wake up your spirit and the child within you. Smile a little more, laugh a little more. Tell you what, the next time you're out for a walk and you get caught in the rain, don't take out your umbrella. Run through it, jump in puddles, it' will be ok, I promise. But I must warn you, it will probably be the most fun you've had in a long time.