Melanie Jerez
Atlanta, Georgia
28 years old

Melanie was born in Miami, Florida and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She has the ability to calm anyones mind. Having lived with her my entire life, it’s kind of difficult to see fault. She is the one who taught me how to love myself, even in times of hatred. She watched me grow into the woman I am now, while idly standing by incase I ever needed her hand. She is the most selfless person I know and the most strongest. My sister is my lifeline- I always think about how she has known a life without me, but she is all I have ever known and I still can't imagine one without her.

Below is her response -

“2020 has been a mix of emotions. It started off wonderful. I look back at how lucky my husband and I were able to celebrate getting married with all our family and friends without being #coronabride. We’re grateful we didn’t have to postpone our much needed honeymoon. And when we came back, we took the opportunity to quarantine as an extended honeymoon and opportunity to get some of the time we spent as long distance.

It’s been a year of growth. It has been hard, but it forced me to reevaluate what to be grateful for and what to let go.”

*I photographed Melanie in her Atlanta home, safely. October 2020.