A couple weeks ago I had the honor of participating in MPW.65 in Trenton, Mo. Although I still miss being around 45 photographers plus amazing faculty members and crew, I have carried so much of the experience with me. For anyone who is thinking about doing a hands-on workshop like MPW. DO IT. It will change you.
My story was about two little Chinese girls, Jia and Jemma, who were adopted into a family into Trenton, Mo. As of right now, the girls have only been sisters for four months, so family dynamics are always adjusting. Jia was adopted in 2009 and is now 7. Jemma is 3 and was adopted just a few months ago. The girls have wildly different personalities and it was amazing to see them figuring out their roles as sisters while I was there. I am so grateful to the Stotts family for allowing me to invade their personal space for a week, the entire town of Trenton for the warm hospitality and the people I met at the workshop who I am honored to call friends and mentors.
My full story is on my site here, but here are some outtakes from the story and fun moments from the week.
The girls and their parents, Jack and Joy, at the exhibit at the end of the week. All of the people from town come and get to see their stories in print.
(photo courtesy of Jordan Stead) Besties Eve and Taylor in the background. Make sure to check out their stories.
Looks like they drank the kool aid
© Mallory Benedict