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Evaluating Photographs

When I realized that my goddaughter Maritza was graduating high school, I let her know that I would be making her senior portraits. I playfully told her that I would be the photographer, or else there would be some serious consequences. I had made photographs of her throughout her young life, but I had never done a proper portrait sitting with her. I knew that at this pivotal moment I wanted to do that, and I wanted to do it right.

When I thought of the photographs, I immediately knew what I did not want. I did not want to create cliché graduation photos with her in a cap and gown in front of a white seamless backdrop, or ...

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