Entering a child’s world

My love for kids should not come as a shock – I have three of my own little blessings. My face often hurts from smiling so big around them.

In my role as a photographer, I get to meet new kids all the time, and it is honestly one of my favorite parts of the job.  I get to be the person with camera in hand, acting goofy, hoping a child will feel comfortable enough to share their precious smiles and giggles with me and my Nikon.

My most recent photography client was an early education nonprofit and our shoot location was none other than a child care center, where so much of the magic happens.

Take one look and you’ll know why these types of photo sessions make my heart grow.

These two sweethearts gravitated toward me from the moment I set foot on the playground. I didn’t deserve their attention, but they gave it to me.
Then there was this nugget. She followed me around for the morning and was amazed by the camera. And then she was amazed by some music. And then she was amazed by a puzzle. She was just bursting with amazement. And is there anything better for a child?
Freedom. Joy. Childhood. There is just so much to love about this crew. They were willing to climb aboard some tree stumps and soar off into the air for me.
As a parent who once upon a time dropped off my lil babies at a child care center, this scene gave me the feels. Early on in parenting it can be hard to believe that your child could love, let alone feel comfortable with another human. But when you go behind the scenes at a daycare, you see the love and the comfort and the learning and the interaction.
School had just started for the kiddos in this preschool classroom. They were dealing with new rooms, new friends, new teachers, new routines. And then there was this hug between a teacher and a child, greeting each other in the morning. This kind of trust and friendship is built in a great environment. It makes me smile knowing how well the professionals in our community take care of our children.

 

Visit a child care center and see if you don’t emerge with a grin and many new friends.

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