Before I was a photographer, I was a ballerina. In my final years onstage, I fell in love with photography. The motions and emotions of the ballet that had always inspired me were even more exaggerated and enthralling with a camera in hand, and I was immediately hooked.
Photographing dance came as naturally to me as dancing itself. I would often photograph dancers in rehearsal and have them tell me afterwards that they heard great shots; the camera’s clicks always came right at the height of their jump. As a young photographer, my ability to expertly capture motion became my calling card, and allowed me to grow a portfolio of incredible ballerinas, and to see my work featured in galleries in Paris and New York City.
Years later, as my subjects changed from ballerinas to children, capturing movement became even more important. I’ve never met a child who felt too thrilled about sitting still in a nice outfit and smiling at a camera, but I’ve met many, many children who are more than happy to be asked to run, jump, and dance. Camera in hand, I allow my subjects to be themselves, and by doing so I capture not just what your children look like, but who they are.