When I was a child being raised in Mexico, I recall my mother preparing the family for the all-important family portraits. It was an elaborate affair, where everyone looked their best in specially-chosen clothes and well-groomed hair. These photographs were declarations of our family pride and self-worth. My subjects are mostly nieces and nephews, so before each shoot I continue my family tradition of reminding each one of their beauty and integrity and inspiring them to focus on their feelings of self-worth and dignity. Individually, each of the Los Niño’s portraits acts as a visual testament to the potential and ambitious intentions of the young subject. As a series, Los Niño’s offers a striking and elegant portrayal of culture that cherishes not only the modern values of beauty, grace and style, but also the more classical and romantic ideals of dignity and valor.