Kristen Schmid is a professional photographer normally capturing moments and memories for others. But after giving birth to her first son, Sam, she decided her gift could be used to capture the personal, quiet gestures of love she was witnessing under her own roof.
Kristen’s husband, Ted, was 29-years-old when Sam was born and when she began photographing the beautiful relationship between father and son. “Just as my husband learns about being a father through the act of parenting, I learn about this relationship through the act of taking pictures. Frequently I am surprised by what I notice with a camera that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. The pictures are a testament to what I think is true, and also a method of discovery. Experience and time deepen my understanding. But people and their relationships are ever-changing, creating more layers to explore,” she writes.
Parenting is a mix of simultaneous and intense opposites: love and frustration, joy and duty, play and discipline, closeness and separation. These photographs prove togetherness and opposition can happen at the same time.