January 2019

January started the new year with challenging stories, strong girls and our first winter storm. One of my favorite stories of the month was photographing the young women who attend the Cambridge Police’s Youth Boxing class. I loved documenting a program that focuses on building the confidence of girls and teaching them both physical and emotional strength.

I also worked on several stories this month profiling children and young adults fighting disease. My worry in these situations is that my subject will feel like my presence is an intrusion, so I am grateful to have an editor who gives me the time just to sit with these families and let photos unfold naturally. I am also grateful to have met the families of Finn and Jake who have faced their challenges with such grace and strength.

Looking ahead to the upcoming year, I hope to grow as a photojournalist by strengthening my portrait photography, always looking for creative compositions, working on more long-form stories and perhaps even producing some videos.

Two-year-old Finn is nearly blind. He and his twin brother Mack were born premature at 24 weeks. Shortly after, his family learned Finn had an eye cancer and cerebral palsy. His conditions make it difficult for him to distinguish his toys in the bright light or see the distance between the dark chairs and hardwood floor. With funds from an Advocates grant, his family was able to purchase a brightly colored rug to help make sense of his environment. “For strangers to award us this meant so much to us,” His mother Shannon said. “It’s hard when you want to give them everything you can and sometimes you can’t.”

Two-year-old Finn is nearly blind. He and his twin brother Mack were born premature at 24 weeks. Shortly after, his family learned Finn had an eye cancer and cerebral palsy. His conditions make it difficult for him to distinguish his toys in the bright light or see the distance between the dark chairs and hardwood floor. With funds from an Advocates grant, his family was able to purchase a brightly colored rug to help make sense of his environment. “For strangers to award us this meant so much to us,” His mother Shannon said. “It’s hard when you want to give them everything you can and sometimes you can’t.”

(Left) Bea Camozzi, 4, of Cambridge, climbs on top of a pile of snow outside of the Harvard Science Center after the first winter storm in Cambridge on January 20, 2019. (Right) Burlington senior captain Chris Ganshirt holds a chalked hand behind his back before competing in the Pommel Horse during the meet against Lowell in Burlington on January 25, 2019.

(Left) Bea Camozzi, 4, of Cambridge, climbs on top of a pile of snow outside of the Harvard Science Center after the first winter storm in Cambridge on January 20, 2019. (Right) Burlington senior captain Chris Ganshirt holds a chalked hand behind his back before competing in the Pommel Horse during the meet against Lowell in Burlington on January 25, 2019.

Tessa Duclos-Mazzone, 12, of Cambridge, practices boxing techniques using a punching bag during the Cambridge Police Youth Boxing Program at the Cambridge YMCA on January 24, 2019.

Tessa Duclos-Mazzone, 12, of Cambridge, practices boxing techniques using a punching bag during the Cambridge Police Youth Boxing Program at the Cambridge YMCA on January 24, 2019.

(Left) Lexington senior David Arena, juniors Charles Yang and Arushi Kalpande and senior Nick Rommel pose for a promotional photo before competing on an episode of High School Quiz Show against Boston Latin School at WGBH studios in Boston on January 19, 2019. (Right) Third grade student Lily Audran practices yoga during the annual Genius Day at Johnson Elementary School in Natick on Jan. 09, 2019.

(Left) Lexington senior David Arena, juniors Charles Yang and Arushi Kalpande and senior Nick Rommel pose for a promotional photo before competing on an episode of High School Quiz Show against Boston Latin School at WGBH studios in Boston on January 19, 2019. (Right) Third grade student Lily Audran practices yoga during the annual Genius Day at Johnson Elementary School in Natick on Jan. 09, 2019.

Rev. Bernadette Hickman-Maynard, Framingham Police Lieutenant Harry Wareham, Framingham Police Chief Steven Trask, WGBH News reporter Phillip Martin and Dr. John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. link arms for the closing benediction during the 32nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast hosted by the Greater Framingham Community Church at Verve Crowne Plaza on January 21, 2019.

Rev. Bernadette Hickman-Maynard, Framingham Police Lieutenant Harry Wareham, Framingham Police Chief Steven Trask, WGBH News reporter Phillip Martin and Dr. John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. link arms for the closing benediction during the 32nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast hosted by the Greater Framingham Community Church at Verve Crowne Plaza on January 21, 2019.

(Left) Algonquin senior captain Sean Cullen celebrates a point during the game against Belmont at TD Garden on Jan. 06, 2019. (Right) Newton South senior captain Salman Cheema goes up for a basket during the game against Natick in Newton on January 28, 2019.

(Left) Algonquin senior captain Sean Cullen celebrates a point during the game against Belmont at TD Garden on Jan. 06, 2019. (Right) Newton South senior captain Salman Cheema goes up for a basket during the game against Natick in Newton on January 28, 2019.

Jake Silver receives a hug during a basketball game at Ashland High School on January 18, 2019. Silver is hoping to cross items off of his bucket list, which includes seeing the Super Bowl, before his fight with osteosarcoma comes to an end.

Jake Silver receives a hug during a basketball game at Ashland High School on January 18, 2019. Silver is hoping to cross items off of his bucket list, which includes seeing the Super Bowl, before his fight with osteosarcoma comes to an end.