Yesterday I photographed the dress rehearsal of a play that my daughter's 4th grade class will be performing on Friday. These two girls play foxes in the story and this photo was taken after the rehearsal as they walked back to the classroom.
The school is an excellent Waldorf charter school and we feel very fortunate to be a part of it. Most of the kids in this class have been together since kindergarten and have had the same teacher since the 1st grade. This consistency and familiarity has created a really great group of kids. Over the years I've become the unofficial class photographer and when my own teaching and travel schedule allows for it I try to make a point of being on hand for class events and field trips, as well as the occasional regular school day, to document the life and times of the class.
The consistency of the same group of kids being together from 1st through 4th grade (they will be together through the 8th grade), has also made me and my photographic activities familiar to them, allowing for a more relaxed atmosphere when I am there with my camera. I use a photo sharing site to give the photos to all of the class parents and families so that everyone can enjoy them and have prints made for their own photo albums. It's a way to give back with my photography to this small, immediate group of people whose children are such a big part of our daughter's school life. It's a very satisfying long-term project that is different from most of the image making that I normally do and I really appreciate the opportunity to make photographs of the children as they grow up.