November 18, 2008
Fall Kids’ Portraits – Part 2

Prospect Park was simply beautiful this fall – full of color and light – and with some mild November days, it was the perfect setting for these portraits of an energetic little guy and his parents. (Click on any of the photos for a larger view, and hit back to return here.)

What I am learning from photographing kids ages two and under, is that they love sticks. What is it about sticks? They’re fun to run with. They’re fun to hold. They’re fun to use to poke at things. Sometimes I wish I was so easily amused, and that all I needed was to find a stick and run gleefully through the trees…

Time and again, working with little ones reminds me of our light-hearted true nature. This child’s smiling eyes were so endearing, and his nature so honest, that when I looked at him, I couldn’t help but think, “Perhaps life is not so hard, after all.” Often I wonder if kids like him – able to change an adult’s attitude with merely a glance – have any sense of the joy they bring to the world. Does he even begin to fathom his tremendous inherent value?

I couldn’t hurt for all of us to remember our role, as bringers of delight! I want these photos to remind me to smile more, and I hope they’ll do the same for you.

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