My mom did not want to be photographed.

She said, "I'm too old. You should photograph your sister. She is beautiful."

And I told her "Mom, you ARE beautiful"

I said that... and she smiled, like the girl she is inside.

I photographed her... and I think she cannot be more wrong.

And this is my favorite image of my mother.

It is absolutely priceless to me.

When I see this image, I only see how beautiful she is and I love every single wrinkle and all my mom's glory. My mom hasn't had an easy life. Those wrinkles she does not love tell her story. I did not retouch one single line, because I love what I see. She is the best mom... and I love her! My mother raised me and my sister to be strong and independent.

These portraits are absolutely priceless to me... and I am so glad I had the opportunity to take them.

Especially because of Covid-19, I haven't been able to visit my family in almost two years, and I miss them.

And if I can share a piece of advice:

Moms need to exist in photographs and in prints!

Moms need to exist in prints!

When your children look for photos of you, what will they find?

With my mommy!