Monday, April 18, 2011

From Homelessness to Home: The Young Family

This is a continuation of a series. You can see an explanation of the project and the first family here and another family here.

Today I'm pleased to introduce the Young Family:

Karen is raising her two sons, Bryan (12) and Nathan (7), in this apartment that she's had for the past four years. It's the very same apartment they moved in to after their Family Promise experience.

Click here to hear from Nancy and her praise for Family Promise:

 The two boys (Nathan, left and Bryan, right) share their room equally, each getting a wall to decorate as their own with posters and memorabilia. 

Nathan was super excited to show me all of his favorite things, although sometimes he had trouble choosing his favorite. :) His bed is made up with a quilt each boy received from Family Promise.

 I had a great time hanging out with the kids and trying to capture their smiles. Even 12-year old Bryan starting loosening up a bit towards the end...

...even enough to show me his mad hacky sack skills.

What do you think of this project and images so far? I'd love to hear any feedback you have, positive or negative, or ideas you might have to share. I understand that your comments will won't have anything to do with the families I photographed. One thing I miss about being in school is having regular constructive criticism of my work. Thanks for any comments you might have!


Stephers said...

Great work Leslie! You are so very talented and I love your heart. I see your passion and love for others through these photos/work. Thanks for highlighting these families. Your friend, Stephanie Edwards

Leslie McDaniel said...

Hey Steph! Thanks so much for your encouraging comment. This is the kind of work I love...& hope to continue.