Santa Barbara Youth Ensemble Theater, Santa Barbara CA

It’s no secret that I love working with kids - probably because I’m still a kid at heart, though holding a very nice camera. But if those kids happen to also be very serious actors, I become one very happy photographer! Plus when Janet Adderley calls, you can’t say no. Ever enthusiastic and extraordinarily talented, Janet wanted to do some portraits of the Santa Barbara Youth Ensemble Theatre. Local rising stars in their own right, it was amazing to see her students transform from loud, goofy kids off camera into deeply expressive and moving characters in front of my lens.

If you have kids interested in theatre, be sure to check out Janet’s transformative musical theatre program, The Adderley School for the Performing Arts.