I recently had the pleasure of taking a trip to Jordan, one of my all-time favorite countries. A trip back to the Middle East is just what my soul needed to connect to an old world culture, old friends, all the while bringing new friends to this ancient part of the world. I am very lucky in that I have a small group of 6 female photographer friends, and each year we pick a different international location to travel to and document. This year we chose Jordan, which is the home country of one of the group members. Additionally, my family has some deep-rooted friendships in Jordan which makes it all the more desirable for me to travel there so I can see old family friends.
I truly believe the heart of any country is best experienced through its people and that is one of the reasons why I am so drawn toward photographing portraits of the people I meet throughout my travels. Whether a street vendor, a school kid, a well-connected businessman, or a women simply walking with her children, each face has a story and it is through those stories that we can feel the true essence of a country.