On Trying to Photograph a Toddler and Twins


“Look this way, James and Owen! Yes, right here! Look at Mommy! James, put your hand down! Sophie, smile! Let me see your pretty teeth!”


“Aw, James, you’re almost smiling! Owen, smile! Let me see you smile! [Insert silly noise made with tongue and lips here.] Yay, Sophie! I see your teeth! Now smile! Everyone smile! La la la la la! Smile!”


“James, Owen! Smile! Sophie, I see more of your teeth but I need to see you smile!”


Close enough. (This, after about 30+ clicks.)

“I like to think of photographing as a two way act of respect. Respect for the medium by letting it do what it does best, describe. And respect for the subject by describing it as it is. A photograph must be responsible to both. I photograph to see what things look like photographed.” —Garry Winogrand