Grateful for IWD2016

It is International Women’s Day and it seemed appropriate to bask in the glow of all the women in my life that I am grateful for.  From my family (mother and daughters, aunts and cousins) to the many amazing women that have inspired and given me friendship.  Also to the women photographers out there in the world whose work will always be a light to me.  I also feel so thankful for the women that I have met along the way and around the world as I have worked, both behind and in front of the camera, it really has been so awesome.  I made a promise to myself when I had been working for a while internationally, that when I took a photo of someone, I wanted it to honor something in them, their struggle, their joy, their story, and I never wanted to compromise anything about them in the taking of the photo.  In other words I wanted complicity, I wanted them to feel like they were in it with me on some level, we were doing this together.  So whether photographing a woman in the midst of her challenges, or in the buoyancy of her empowerment, or the arc of her hope, the photos would hold a deep truth for myself, the woman and anyone that viewed it.  I thank them all for allowing me to hold that moment with them, I will never forget you.  I also want to honor all the women photojournalists that have paid with their lives, you are never forgotten.

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