There was a period where my camera was met with a scowl and a dodge. Even though there was never a "look here" or "stand there" he was still acutely aware of the lens pointed at him. So I gave him his space to grow comfortable in his skin and turned my lens to the littles.
Then one day he asked why I didn't take photographs of him anymore and I explained that I was respecting his request not to.
He said to me "oh Mom, that period is over." My heart skipped a beat and I smiled knowing my original muse would be in front of my lens again.
There will still never be a "look here" or "stand there" but there will be many, many captures of the boy who made me a Mama.
This post is part of my collaboration at Cherish This Day. See the full post here.