Live the story

I believe when you're photographing globally, it's important to LIVE the story instead of simply reporting a story. Take time to humbly talk with the subject you're photographing; this adds an element of intimacy to the photos. Whether it's a hard-working woman at her market stand OR a spunky child playing futbol, don't forget to LISTEN. Listen to their story, and as you photograph them, you will certainly be pouring your soul into the images. This little girl was the niece of a Muslim family I stayed with on an island--off the coast of Kenya. She had such a sweet spirit, and after she helped prepare our dinner, she gripped my hand and gave me a tour of the island.