Gianna has this incredibly awesome long hair, which pretty much matches her incredibly awesome personality. She has been modeling for about 2 years now and she really shines in front of the camera. She is the oldest of three kids. She wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. And she loves Chinese food.

The more I work with children and families, the more I appreciate how open and willing kids are to simply be themselves in front of the camera. Kids just need a little bit of direction. A suggestion or a hint. And they can take it to a whole new level. The in-between moments of a child having fun, jumping around, or dancing, are some of the most natural and effortless stills that can be captured.

There is magic within every single child. And the key is to work WITH her. To let her contribute and to be patient as she finds her way. In my mind, the best result can't be achieved without that collaboration. So with every photoshoot, I step back and I guide, and I appreciate everything I receive in return.

Hair styling by Peggy's Hair Salon.

(Psst.. did you know that you can click on the images to view them full-screen? Try it!)