As adults we have learned to hide most of our emotions, but children don't hide anything. It is raw and they are not ashamed to show others exactly what they are feeling. For the last 10 years I've been photographing my own children to explore how they react to disappointment, pain, fear, loss, embarrassment and regret.
This project is more than a way to document my family but a way to better understand them.
My commercial work consists mostly of the happiness of childhood. While I pride myself in getting children to laugh and play in front of my camera I wouldn't ever want to intentionally make my kids sad. Luckily they are used to me having a camera in my hands and so when something upsetting would happen (and that happens more often than I would like) I could take a couple pictures as I began to reassure them and talk them through whatever the upsetting experience was for them. I was always amazed at how quickly a few kind words would help them move through their emotions from hysterical to quiet and melancholy as they process their feelings. The honesty of how they express themselves was where I noticed the most beauty.