In the summer of 2016, I spent two months working as a teaching artist with a non-profit in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Everyday, I worked with a group of kids, teaching them theater and taking their photographs. We didn’t have language to unite us. We had open hearts and a desire to communicate. My love for portrait photography was born from my experience with these kids. Every day I would hear, “Toddy photo.” I fell in love with each one of them. These children taught me the art and beauty of simply being yourself in front of a camera. When I left, I gave each child a personal album with their own photos. Their responses overwhelmed me and changed the course of my life. I realized in that moment the power of a picture. This is what I do. I love my job.