There are days when I feel a bit melancholy that my newspaper days are behind me. I always thought that community photojournalism could make a big difference (I still do) but somehow I feel what I do now doesn’t have the potential to make a change in the world. And then I have a day like this — a day when I had the honor of photographing Kira — a child with an undeniable energy, a curiosity for nature, a spunk for life and an easy laugh. In one quick hour, her contagious personality made me appreciate that what I do now may just be more important. Be kind and share some goodness because it may just be the thing someone needs today.
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An unplanned conflict made this the second attempt to photograph one of my favorite families. It also happened to be what I think was the hottest day of summer. The air was thick and the small air conditioner didn’t quite cut through the humidity of the large warehouse studio we used. But here’s the thing, the Ibrahims are pure at heart, never complain and look stunning even when I know they’re melting. Thank you for being you. I love the way you love each other in these photos.
Adam and Anne trusted me to photograph their wedding just last summer so to be asked again to photograph their newborn son was a bigger honor yet. Little did I know they already had a four-legged family! The best newborn sessions are when you’re finally home, away from the sterile hospital room and the visitors, and you’re settled into home with all the curiosity, messiness and love that comes with your first born.
Turning one is a big deal, and this beautiful Lake Orion family wanted to document this special time in their son’s life. Thank you for letting me be a small part of your family’s milestones