I photograph a lot of high school boys who pretend not to want to be photographed. But I know better.
Their actual dislike of being photographed is not that they feel inadequate. I feel their real fear is the images we create will be so powerful they’ll reveal their potential!
It’s their potential, not their inability, that frightens them. They ask themselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?” And I show them “Who are you not to be? Your fear of your potential doesn’t serve the world. You were born to reveal that potential!”
And it may be that it’s just not in some of them; it’s in all of them. And when I can get them to let themselves shine, they can give permission to do the same for others. As they are liberated from their fear, their presence liberates others.
That’s the power and responsibility of what I do.
I don’t take their pictures.
I reveal their confidence.
And I love it.