Meet Drew! He is an awesome, cute as can be, smart, busy, third grader. I followed him to his room so he could show me all of his cool stuff, and he even had a TO DO list to make sure that he remembered all the specific cool stuff he had to show me. And, he used that TO DO list, crossing off things like “green blanket,” “tent,” and my favorite, “hide under the bed.”
This is why I love these “This is Me” sessions. When I think about what I love about photography and why I even became a photographer, it traces back to my love of documenting and photographing children. But not just happy, posed children. I love photographing children smiling, pouting, serene, happy, dancing, playing, snuggling, crying, sleeping – anything that shows them being themselves, doing their thing, surrounded by things they love that are part of their personality at the age they are now.
And right now, Drew is in 3rd grade. He loves legos, magic, Five Nights of Freddies, his iPad, his robot, reading, guitar, and his adorable green blanket. Next year, he may like something different. And years from now, he might now even remember how much he loved the things he loved in 3rd grade. But, we made these images together, in his childhood room, and now not only will he be able to remember them, but he will be able to see them. And that is like treasure.