I like to enter my work in competitions from time to time as it challenges me to continue to learn and grow. Rock the Shot Forum is hosting a contest this month for photographers' favorite images of 2013. There are many gorgeous entries and I've decided to enter one of my own. As I reflected on my work over the past year, the image that stood out in my mind surprised me because it is not a portrait I had planned. It was a very impromptu grab of my camera due to powerful emotions in the moment.
My two-year-old son was about to leave us to walk behind hospital double doors and undergo surgery. This was a moment I had worried about and feared for months as I wondered how to best prepare him for what I thought could be a traumatic event. He shattered every notion when he bravely took the nurse's hand and walked down the hallway with her. He turned back to tell us goodbye, and this moment forever redefined my definition of courage.