A few of my favorite photos from 2018.

I’m incredibly grateful for the people I met who opened a part of their lives to me, even if it was only for a hour or two. This next year, I hope to try to make myself as vulnerable and open as the people I’ve photographed. Happy New Year. 

Captions:

1) A woman walks through a school courtyard in Portland during a Nor’Easter on January 4, 2018.

2) Mary Bertier and her son Samuel at their home in Westbrook on January 19, 2018. Bertier is the primary caregiver to her 18-year-old son who has an extremely rare genetic disorder called Johanson-Blizzard Syndrome.

3) Two people run through the heavy snow in Eastern Prom park during a nor'easter on March 13, 2018.

4) Mikey O'Hara-Damon, 8, jumps from couch to couch in the living room of while Makayla's nurse Robin checks on her. Makayla lives with her grandmother Deborah Damon. She is Deborah’s eldest son's daughter and she came to live with Deborah when she was 2 years old and her parents rights were terminated because of opioid addiction. Makayla has cerebral palsy, a host of other medical issues and suffers from serious seizures, she needs round-the-clock care. Damon also has custody of Makayla’s brother Mikey, who came to her at nine days old.

5) Charlie Scalia-Bruce checks his make-up in the mirror off of the Deering High School auditorium before performing as his drag persona "Glitz ChaCha" in the Gender Sexuality Alliance drag show on April 11, 2018.

6) Casco Bay senior Marlin Pamba with her boyfriend Tariq Assales before her senior prom in Portland, Maine on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

7) Rhys Cote walks through a patch of ferns in her backyard on June 5, 2018.

8) Heather Everly Berube becomes emotional while others console her toward the end of her statement to Senator Susan Collins' staff member at Collins' office in Washington, D.C. on October 4, 2018. Everly Berube came down to D.C. with a group of Mainers on an overnight bus in hopes of meeting with Senator Susan Collins about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and telling her some of their own stories as survivors and urge her to vote no on Kavanaugh.

9) Protesters against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh stage a sit-in at the Hart senate office building atrium in Washington, D.C. on October 4, 2018. Hundreds of people were arrested after refusing to leave the atrium.

10) Janet Mills gives her granddaughter a kiss before going out on stage to give her acceptance speech after winning the Maine governors race against Republican Shawn Moody just after midnight on November 7, 2018.

11) The Veterans Day Parade in Biddeford on November 12, 2018.

12) Matare and his 7-year-old son in the backyard of the Family Shelter on December 5, 2018. Matare traveled with his wife, son, and two daughter to seek asylum in the United States through South and Central America. When the family was split up by authorities in Mexico, Matare was allowed to stay with his son and 13-year-old daughter, while the 15-year-old daughter stayed with their mother. The family wasn't reunited until they all reached Maine.

13) Families lie on mats on the floor of the Salvation Army gymnasium before bed on December 5, 2018. They are just a few of the dozens of families from sub-Saharan African countries who are arriving in Maine after a long and dangerous journey through South and Central America. When the Family Shelter reaches capacity the families have to sleep on the floor in the gym, shelter warming center, or soup kitchen.