I worked for many years as a studio photographer, where portraits were a steady portion of weekly craft. Children were a particular joy to portray; they grow and change so fast that the creative challenge at the heart of each work for me was 'how to best convey this fleeting moment within a life without slipping into the trained skills of portraiture?'
I see this same approach here in your work. This is not so much a portrait of a child as it is the personality of your subject. What makes a wonderful portrait of a 'kid' is all about the stance and approach of the artist, whatever the medium.
Sometimes other photographers would ask for advice about photographing children. My response would be the same each time: "The most important thing is that you must like children; absent that ingredient, stick to adults. The other essential to good child portraiture is bringing yourself to their level. Many photographers look down on kids with their camera from a 'big folk's' perspective. We need to sit with a child eye to eye if we want to portray their world."
I see these essential qualities in your work, Dree, and they make me smile.
awwww thank you so much Terry! what a wonderful well thought out response I'm glad you see that in my work - I do like portraying children I must say. I didnt take the photo myself (as this was a commission) but I was sent a few & this is the one that jumped out at me... You're certainly right about taking shots from eye level - I have messed around taking a LOT of my own kids looking for the perfect drawing reference & this is definitely the best way catch their personality