IT'S COMPLICATED
2011 - 2015

A photo of my son with a solitary tear running down his cheek was on the cover of The Sun in September 2015. It was the first cover of a magazine I’d ever been on, so naturally I was thrilled. A week or two later, I was contacted by the magazine and asked whether I would like to respond to a criticism of the photo. A regular reader had written in to let them know she didn’t think it was appropriate to have a crying child on the cover. What kind of mother would stick a camera into a crying child’s face and take a photograph when the child was clearly in despair? Initially, I felt a little ashamed of myself and bad for my son. Maybe I was in the wrong for doing such a thing. That feeling was very fleeting however.

A photograph is only a split second of time. The viewer has no idea what occurs before or after an image is taken. I have never, and would never put my photography before my child’s happiness or well-being. Small children will cry at the drop of a hat…literally, and anyone with children knows this.  As a photographer, I’m going to capture all of my son’s many moods. He isn’t a one-dimensional being. He’s a myriad of emotions and thoughts and feelings. It sometimes seems that people only want to see one side of these interesting little beings; the happy, joyful side. Not me. I appreciate every nuance of my child’s personality and I photograph him as such. He’s so used to the camera at this point, it doesn’t faze him one bit when I take photos of things that most wouldn’t. He even encourages. As he ages, he’s not just the subject, but a collaborating partner. I want to show kids for what they are;  amazingly complex beings with a lot more to offer the world than giggles and smiles.