Chapter 2. Waiting on a Family

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Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.

—Jane Howard

To put the concept and meaning of family into perspective, it’s valuable to recognize what you, the photographer, are most looking to capture when photographing families. I wasn’t quite sure what this was for the first several years I was shooting besides knowing I wanted to capture a strong likeness of everybody together in a natural way. It was by experiencing the lives of those who do not have a family—who learn family as a theory first before hopefully understanding it in practice ...

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