This thanksgiving break was much needed rest, but I actually got a lot done at the same time.
I started a photo project about my cousin, Cate. The idea came to me during the Missouri Photo Workshop after talking to MaryAnne Golon, a photo editor from The Washington Post. I had a portfolio review with her and she mentioned how I really need a photo story in my portfolio along with my singles. After the week of MPW I was well aware, but it was good advice to hear. I’d been stuck on coming up with a feasible idea. I have ideas in my head for stories but no subjects and not much time with such a busy school schedule to devote to a side-project. She asked me about my personal life and the things I’m interested in.
“Your family is in Kansas City – do you love your family?”
I had to laugh because it was such an odd question that I’d never randomly been asked before.
“I ask because I always tell people to do a story on the things they love,” she replied.
Immediately it was like having a “brain blast” moment from Jimmy Neutron.
The biggest news in my family is that my cousin is unexpectedly pregnant. She’s a year younger than me so she’s experienced a lot of change over the past year, including withdrawing from school so she can work, getting engaged, and moving in with her fiancé, all on top of the bodily changes of pregnancy.
I called her immediately after my chat with MaryAnne to talk to her about the idea, which she agreed to.
I finally got the chance to start the project on Thanksgiving night.
This is the first time I saw her pregnant, and she’s 8 months along!
The photograph above features her fiance, Dustin, to her left and her two sisters and my brother to her right gathered around, feeling her baby bump. I thought this might make a good addition to the photo story since it shows the fascination our family has with her pregnancy.
I think this image is one of my favorites from the weekend. Dustin is kissing her baby bump, which he does quite often just casually during conversation, which is what is happening in this photo because Cate is laughing during a conversation with two of her sisters and her dad. I think it captures their relationship well, and we’re in a casually situation hanging out in their living room in their apartment while some of her family members sees the apartment for the first time.
These next two are from her parent’s house. I like how the background displays how religious her family is. Cate comes to her parent’s house after work on some days to relax, catch up with family and watch tv since her fiance and her don’t have cable in their apartment. She’s usually exhausted after work since she works at a country club cafe that requires a lot of bending down.
I have more photos but these were my favorites so far. I’m excited to go home for break and actually have time to continue this project!