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.