To work through the grief of losing my mom, I needed a creative project to focus on, so I reached out to all the women I know locally--some friends, some acquaintances who have now become friends--to courageously surrender themselves to my camera in a series of portraits that strive to express the light and beauty I see in every single one of them. (Hence why I called this series "A love letter to women I know.") I also revisited two or three portraits I shot in the past but wanted to include in this series. I am so grateful to every woman who participated, and I hope they are as happy with their portraits as I was spending time with them during our photo sessions.

Dedicated to my mom, Ana Maria Sagastegui, 1947-2021