Photographer Michael McWilliams has been photographing children’s birthday parties for nearly a decade.
He’s also spent time on the ground and on camera, so he knows the joy of the event.
“I’m a photographer first, and I want to photograph everything,” McWilliams told NBC News.
“When I am on the street and I am photographing something that is unique to me, I like to get to the heart of the moment.
I like a lot of the photography that I do with kids, but I think it’s also about creating an experience for them that is meaningful to them.”
McWilliams said he was inspired by a photo he took with a child at a birthday party he attended in New York City.
“They had a large cake, but when I was on the phone with the child, he looked at me and said, ‘How can you be so mean?
You’re just taking photos of a cake.’
I thought it was really cool that I was being able to be in that moment,” McWilliam said.
He says kids are not only fascinated with photos, but also by people and events.
He said the fun and spontaneity that comes from being in a photo can be contagious.
“Kids love seeing faces, they love hearing voices and hearing laughter, they’re all really in tune with the human experience,” he said.
McWilliams was also interested in what it was like to be a parent and photographer.
He started taking photos for his own children in 2007, when he was still a student at the University of Pennsylvania.
He says he started focusing on younger children because it allowed him to be more personally involved in their lives and make the images more meaningful to the children.
McWilliam says he also started sharing photos with other photographers.
He shared the photo below of his son, Connor, in a school project.
“He was just in the middle of a group project and I thought I would put his face on the poster,” McBritt said.
“The kids love it.”
McBritt says he wanted to make sure he captured the essence of what it’s like to have a child.
“It’s important that we have these moments of joy and joy and happiness.
We have a chance to make those memories, and that’s the most important thing,” he added.
The photo below shows Connor with his father.
McBrith says the family has had a great time capturing the moments that are most meaningful to Connor and his family.