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© Abbie Warnock
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Photo license: © All rights reserved

This is my sister, and my niece. My sister has been through a lot in her life, and is now a single mom raising her daughter. The divorce wasn't pretty, and still isn't. It was a world of harsh realities thrust down upon her only six months after having her child.

I can't imagine what it's like to enter into something with an expectation of eternal bliss, only to end up being left with blunt and brutal misconceptions, and lingering stings of why, why not, and where now.

I shot this image as a candid between posed pictures, but it means so much more to me than any of the other "say cheese" ones that happened that day.

42 responses

  • Alina Tiplea

    Alina Tiplea said (19 Feb 2008):

    great picture, strong story

  • Tyron Cruz

    Tyron Cruz gave props (19 Feb 2008):

    Beautiful work!

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (19 Feb 2008):

    This is really beautiful, and your writing is so touching.

  • Allan Meek

    Allan Meek (Deleted) gave props (20 Feb 2008):

    I think your story has been captured perfectly here, your sister looks drained yet strong at the same time. Fab pic

  • maria tizon

    maria tizon (Deleted) gave props (20 Feb 2008):

    This photograph tells the story. Great work.

  • Chuck Schoenberger

    Chuck Schoenberger gave props (20 Feb 2008):

    very well done. she has the look of a survivor.

  • Rogerio de Freitas

    Rogerio de Freitas said (23 Feb 2008):

    I agreed with Allan. Very intimate shot. Good work.

  • Hilary P.

    Hilary P. gave props (8 Mar 2008):


  • Nina Huettmann

    Nina Huettmann gave props (24 May 2008):

    great composition. lovely mood you created with it!

  • Jose Rico

    Jose Rico (Deleted) said (17 Jun 2008):

    really nice tones. big time kudos.

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) gave props (22 Jun 2008):


  • Freddy Sarabia

    Freddy Sarabia   gave props (7 Aug 2008):

    Incredible you can see their strength and love

  • brittney m.

    brittney m. gave props (16 Sep 2008):

    i love this picture, its so beautiful and serene

  • sunsurfr

    sunsurfr gave props (12 Oct 2008):

    Love the lighting.

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (13 Oct 2008):

    Beautiful picture! My vote

  • Mikael Raymond

    Mikael Raymond gave props (17 Oct 2008):

    Excellent! Got my vote!

  • Lindsey Combs

    Lindsey Combs said (17 Oct 2008):

    Amazing shot

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (19 Oct 2008):

    Great, my vote

  • halfcrackedboy

    halfcrackedboy (Deleted) gave props (19 Oct 2008):


  • Amy Smith

    Amy Smith said (22 Oct 2008):

    very beautiful and powerful image. you got my vote!

  • Stephanie Resendes

    Stephanie Resendes (Deleted) said (27 Oct 2008):

    wonderfully touching pic and story. i wish your sister and niece all the best, they're beautiful!

  • KPRJ

    KPRJ (Deleted) gave props (29 Oct 2008):

    Beautiful! I love the strength of this picture

  • Nora Kubach

    Nora Kubach (Deleted) gave props (30 Oct 2008):


  • Delores Harshaw

    Delores Harshaw (Deleted) gave props (2 Nov 2008):

    Beautiful. My vote!

  • Harsha Raj

    Harsha Raj gave props (3 Nov 2008):

    Very touchy!

  • Peterson, Dave Peterson

    Peterson, Dave Peterson gave props (5 Nov 2008):

    Wow......... I'm speechless.......... Yes vote for sure!!!!

  • Peterson, Dave Peterson

    Peterson, Dave Peterson said (5 Nov 2008):

    and a Great shot!!
    (with or without the story behind it!)

  • David Bowden

    David Bowden gave props (6 Nov 2008):

    As with all of your others, this shot is excellent. The composition, light and tones are fantastic. Got my vote

  • Mariana Bello

    Mariana Bello said (8 Nov 2008):

    wonderful picture.

  • joanne lee

    joanne lee gave props (9 Nov 2008):

    full of emotion. voted.

  • Michael Cash

    Michael Cash gave props (9 Nov 2008):

    fantastic...great moment

  • Olivia Rose

    Olivia Rose said (10 Nov 2008):

    beautiful photo.

  • Joe Schaf

    Joe Schaf   gave props (11 Nov 2008):

    Wonderful Capture Abbie! Gets My "Yeah!" Vote!

  • Edmund Fung

    Edmund Fung gave props (12 Nov 2008):

    Wow. i saw this on your site first, and was looking for it. now i found it =] . You def. got my yeah vote!

  • DarKat

    DarKat gave props (18 Nov 2008):

    loving the light.. compliments!

  • Winston Baltasar

    Winston Baltasar gave props (1 Dec 2008):

    Wow, terrific texture. The lighting makes it fantastic! Voted!

  • David Eastham

    David Eastham gave props (5 Dec 2008):

    My vote.

  • Maria Eve Ploum (Eyegraphic)

    Maria Eve Ploum (Eyegraphic) (Deleted) said (20 Dec 2008):

    yeah ur right think its a beauty

  • Maria Eve Ploum (Eyegraphic)

    Maria Eve Ploum (Eyegraphic) (Deleted) said (20 Dec 2008):

    ur already on my contact list,I was about to add you again

  • Brannon Schnelle

    Brannon Schnelle gave props (7 Mar 2013):

    Indeed, the best shots are candid, no "say cheese" moments. GREAT JOB.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (4 Feb 2016):

    Rockin' JPG's Lovefest!

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