Every once in a while, I have the opportunity to photograph and create something special. This was one of those times.
Jean Guerrero is an award winning KPBS Fronteras journalist, who has been covering border issues for most of her career from both the Mexico and US side of the border. While border issues have certainly taken center stage in recent years, for Jean, the border is both literally and figuratively interwoven with her family and her identity. When Jean reached out early this year looking for headshots for her upcoming book (CRUX: A Cross-Border Memoir), I was thrilled. The memoir is a years long labor of love that chronicles her journey to understanding her father - she'd spent the better part of her twenties writing and rewriting it, and it was finally being published. So, it felt important to create portraits that would do justice to her work - to say the least.
After some thought, the obvious choice for location was the US/Mex beach border, considering her relationship with the border and its role throughout the memoir. The results are some of my favorite portraits I've taken to date - while we focused on headshots, I also knew I wanted to create portraits that resonated with Jean and her writing.
Don't forget to pick up her book, available as of this week, here: CRUX: A Cross-Border Memoir