“When I was a young girl, whenever I’d have a worry, my mother and I would cuddle up and travel to the land of Oz. She would take me to that magical place all throughout my teenage years. We gained heart, courage, and intellect, and always found our way home with love. A little over two years ago, my mother was diagnosed with, and eventually passed away from, cancer. Throughout that time, the pain, the fear, we found our way back to Oz. We faced our fears and put them far over the rainbow. Now that my mother is gone, whenever I miss her or feel lost, I visit our special place of emeralds, witches, dear friends, and home. I know in my heart that she is there, in our magical place, creating her own adventures, just like Dorothy. She will always find her way home, in my heart.”
All clothing photographer’s own. Thanks to Sandy Honig, Lauren Poor, Nicole Poor, Jessie Roth, Jake Sigl, and Mike Bailey-Gates for modeling.
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