It’s not often I get asked to shoot children with guns. So when Legal Community Against Violence hired me to shoot images for their new website Smart Gun Laws, I knew it was going to be a challenging assignment. For starters, this is the first time I’ve ever added a line item in a contract for a “gun-safety expert” to be on set while I work. But something about grabbing a few guns and handing them to a couple of kids didn’t feel right to me. Especially because I knew to make these images feel authentic, we needed to use real guns.
I’m not a gun guy. I never have been. I’ve shot guns, both big and small. I grew up around guns, my grandparents lived on a farm and my uncles loved guns. Guns were always in our house and sometimes in the cars but they made me nervous. I’ve never owned one, never had one in my home and other than teaching my son how to be safe around one, I have no real interest in one. That’s just me. I’ll keep doing my shooting with cameras.
These images were created to help promote awareness for gun safty in the home. Hit the jump to see a few more images.