As I ask my camera operator to adjust his focus, a clear picture comes across the viewfinder of a child.
This boy is 12 but he looks 9 and he is nervous. It is my job to reassure him that we are not scary and to
not mind the lights, camera, camera operators, audio guy and boom microphone looming over his head,
just to focus on me. He talks directly to me as I try to keep him smiling and not folding his arms behind
him or fidgeting too much. It’s a hard task for even a well-trained child actor, but a kid that is coming
from a dark place is someone who has to be handled with care. I don’t know their back stories and I
am thankful for this. I can see the loneliness and longing in their eyes, it’s deep and well guarded, but it is
still there. I’m here to tap into their hopes for a new family and get a small feel for their personality. It’s not
always easy because they have heard this before and, not only are we throwing them in front of strangers
and all of our equipment, we are doing so as they actively shoot hoops, ride go carts or skateboards.
It’s in these moments that, even I, forget these are kids that are just wanting families to love them, care for
them and just be there for them. In these moments they are carefree kids. No labels, just children. They
play the same, look the same and act the same. From behind the viewfinder I see them how they are
and with every video I do for Foster Arizona I am hoping that is what you see as well.
Creative Director- Lead Volunteer
Photo Credit: Rachael Smith of Ray2 Photography