I included this image in the proof selection knowing there was little chance it would be chosen by the client. While a parent may find an image conveying a hint of defiance in their toddler adorable, as the child inches towards being a teen Mom and Dad are typically less impressed when viewing this characteristic. So at nine years old, I was fairly certain this image wouldn’t fly. And I was right.
I suppose one reason why I like seeing hints of defiance in the children I photograph could be the fact that as a child I was so reticent. I love looking into the eyes of a child who meets me head on and exhibits strength, worthiness and even rebelliousness, because I know I’m touching honesty. With my whole heart I wish to tell the story of their whole being, not only for them, but for the little girl still inside of me, too timid to tell her own.