I love to photograph children because they are uninhibited. They couldn’t care less that wind is blowing their precious curly locks into their face, or that there is mud on their shoes. It’s a magical time where you haven’t a care in the world. I especially love when they want to show me their new special skill because then I know that they trust me and that we have truly bonded. Even when there are times when children don’t want to get their pictures taken, they are so unapologetically honest. It’s their authentic selves that I appreciate so much more than the niceties that we as adults try and communicate to cover our truths. We all have those days when we’re not having it-we don’t want to be doing what we “have” to do but instead of taking a stance and refusing to do something we really don’t want to do, we end up putting on a fake smile and pretending that everything is okay. How often do we do this daily? What would happen if we took a stand for ourselves and for our emotions and decided to do something WE wanted instead of something we felt we HAD to do? Maybe if we lived more authentically like children we could be more carefree like children as well.
Maybe we should not worry so much about the wind blowing our hair, which is something we cannot control and worry more about the things we can control like how we spend our time doing the thing we want, or do not want to do. I challenge you to take a stand for yourself and what’s important to you and stop putting on a fake smile and pretending that everything is okay.