Photographing families

One of my favorite experiences as a photographer is photographing parents with their children. I am realizing over time, that it is as important to me to document the love and tenderness on a father's face as he holds his new baby or plays Star Wars with his kindergartner as it is to photograph the child. I see so much love and hope in the faces of parents. It is my hope that these children will one day treasure the photographs of their young parents loving them.  I remember hearing Maya Angelou describe one of her greatest realizations as a parent: that what her child needed most from her was for her eyes to light up when he walked in the room. One of my greatest joys as a photographer is photographing that light in parents' eyes.