A month ago, I photographed LaNiyah Bailey, for a column being written by Dawn Turner Trice.
Bailey, a kindergartener, had written a book with her mom Latoya White, titled, "Not Fat Because I Wanna Be". The book deals with LaNiyah's weight issues and the bullying and cruelty exhibited by her peers.
I wrote a blog entry where I mentioned that I would be continuing my story on LaNiyah sometime soon.
Well, after several missed opportunities due to scheduling conflicts, I finally caught back up with LaNiyah this afternoon at her after school day care provider's home in Bellwood.
On my first visit with Laniyah and her parents, the young author was constantly smiling and laughing.
Today, although still upbeat, I was able to capture LaNiyah with a wider range of emotions.
I photographed several moments today that I think are important for the story.
The first was from a short argument that LaNiyah had with one of her day care mates. I am not sure if I will ever get an image of LanIyah being bullied, since her school principal nixed my request to photograph in her kindergarten class, but this photo at least shows a bit of tension between her and another child.
The others were when LaNiyah's mom Latoya came to pick her up.
I love the image of LaNiyah skipping out to her mom's car and the sweet shot of the mother and daughter kissing.
Another important shot was one of LaNiyah listening as her mother reads her a letter sent to her my an overweight author from San Antonio. The author, Hector Garcia, Jr., wrote a children's book titled, "Ronnie the Rhino and the Grumpy Old Elephant."
It is an autobiographical book like LaNiyah's.
I am hoping to photograph LaNiyah on a more regular basis with my sights set on her book release party sometime next month.
I urge you to find the time to share the courage and the vision of a 6 year old.