I have a lot of respect for photographers who shoot children for a living.

In my estimation, it’s the most challenging genre of photography, simply because you just never know what you are going to get, sometimes from one second to the next. Moods can change on a dime. Stubbornness can appear in an instant. Emotions can burst forth in an instant. A photographer who can manage all that, and manage it well, is worth whatever you have to pay them.

I don’t do a lot of kids, but it always stretches me as a photographer when I do. So I am always willing. Over Thanksgiving, my sister-in-law Ivy wanted to get some photos of her son Cade, so we went to an old barn near their house to shoot for a while.

Cade, who is 7, can be quiet sometimes, but is one of those kids that seems to come out of their shell when you put them in front of a camera. I probably took 75 to 100 shots in the 30 minutes or so that we were there, and I don’t think there is an expression that is the same in any two pictures. He really got into it and that is evident from the pictures.

So here is Cade at the Barn. Enjoy.