Mother and child

When I was just beginning this journey, a mentor told me, photograph the feeling, not the face. I’ve tried to stay true to that advice ever since. 

On assignment for Mercy Hospital, a social worker and I was visiting the home of a teenage mother. As she sat on the couch with her baby, she glanced out the window at that moment the child looked up at his mother. You can’t script moments like this. All you can do is be ready, and be present. Something like this happens in a blink. Everything comes together at once. One frame and it’s gone. But that one frame has the feeling.

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