A letter to my dear clients:

A letter to my dear clients:

You have opened your homes and your hearts to me in 2018. You welcomed me into your families and I do not take the gift that you’ve given me lightly. When I looked through photos from 2018 my eyes teared up as I thought of all the incredible moments I was present for. I watched your babies cry, your kids fight, and then hug and say sorry. I watched you become family when you welcomed me into your adoption day. I met your in laws who were over for family dinner. I adventured with you through hiking trails that left me covered in mud at the end. I sat with you in the quiet of your home while you nursed your baby. I witnessed epic family dance parties, card games and the birth of a sweet little girl.

There are not enough words to share the gratitude I feel towards you all. It takes humility, bravery, vulnerability and such love to invite me into your sacred spaces.

Documentary photography is different than what a lot of you are used to, but you trusted me. You trusted my vision, you trusted me enough to put your phone down and be present and you trusted me when I didn’t pose you or try to make your toddler smile for every photo.

I learned a lot this year and found my voice through photography. I am looking forward to many more beautiful ordinary days with you all. Thank you for supporting my family and giving me the gift of staying home with my child while doing what I am passionate about.

-Jihannah

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