Unlike single still images that depict a moment in time, picture stories and photo essays follow a subject for a day, days, months and even years. Following someone around to capture their story and the quintessential essence of who that person is can be difficult. It requires listening, patience, taking the time to really get to know someone, to develop trust and to be allowed access to intimate moments. Storytelling projects about my favorite topics, cultural awareness and nature conservation are my favorite types projects to work on. I developed friends all around the world from doing this type of work. It is safe to say that for many, we consider each other family. Here are some of their stories.