MANILA, Philippines – When you hire Kristin Alfafara Rodriguez to take pictures of your kids, don’t expect her to act only as a photographer.
“I don’t bring out my camera right away. I get to know the kids; I play with them. I ask them what they like to do, what their favorite toys are. I don’t approach them as a photographer. I become their playmate. When I arrive, I come off as Santa Claus, with all my props. I have bubbles they can play with, beanbags they can jump on. I’m the new ate [sister] or tita [aunt] they can play with.”