Mary Jane Robinson poses for a portrait at the Naples Daily News studio on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. As a ghost writer, she has written more than 100 memoirs for a number of famous people including a cabinet member in the Reagan administration, an Emmy Award-winning actor and the ringleader of the “Dinnertime Burglar Gang.”
Boss, a retired CCSO K-9, licks his lips while sitting for a portrait at a park in Naples, Florida on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. Boss retired earlier this month after working in the sheriff's office for six years. He has been battling an aggressive cancer and is currently in remission, enjoying the rest of his time with his handler and family.
Connie Bettinger-Hennink, 53, dressed as Dr. Seuss' iconic character Cat in the Hat, poses for a portrait in her Golden Gate home on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. For the past 25 years, Connie has visited schools and libraries in Southwest Florida as a Cat in the Hat reenactor to share the joys of reading.
Rhonda Nocera, dressed as Miss Fortune, stands in her decorated backyard in the Lake Park neighborhood of Naples, Florida on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Nocera and her family have dressed and decorated their house the same way for the past 10 years.
Alexandra Igoe, 16, left, and Shirley Vilsaint, 16, dressed in character as Velma Von Tussle and Little Inez Stubbs respectively, pose for portraits during their Hairspray rehearsal on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. Hairspray deals with several themes, most notably race and the fact that all people should be treated equally despite differences in ethnicities, color or appearance. When asked what they've learned working alongside one another, Alexandra said, "I’ve never done a show like this before, but I’ve never seen kids with so much dedication, talent and integrity. They just put everything into everything they do."
"I’ve learned that stereotypes are just stereotypes," states Shirley. "I came in basically like, ‘Oh my gosh, these white people aren’t going to know how to dance.’ But then a lot of them dance better than I do. So something’s wrong with these stereotypes cause whoever made it up, doesn’t have it right."
Doris Wolfe-Woods, 65, has lived in New Straitsville, Ohio since she was 2-years-old, only moving once for a better paying job in Florida so she could support her family. Doris has 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, along with 17 goats, 6 dogs, 3 cats and a few chickens. “They are the reason I’m as fit as I am today. They keep me busy and they keep me active,” Doris explains. Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014.
Angel Swart, 9, at her home in Nelsonville, Ohio. Angel was placed with her parents, Larry and Karen Swart, through foster care when her biological mother couldn't care for her as an infant. After two and a half years, she was officially adopted into the Swart family, which now includes 11 children, 5 of which still live at home. When asked about his children, Larry said, "I wouldn’t want life any other way. I’ve thought about it, how life would be if it were just me, Karen and Matt (their biological son) … no, no that won’t work. You can’t unlove your babies."
Grover Browns, 68, repeatedly rides his bike every day between Logan and Nelsonville, Ohio — a 20 mile journey — often only stopping at Mel and Kim’s carryout in Haydenville for food and water breaks. Although he has family in the area, he prefers to sleep outside in nature.
Julia Moss and her back tattoo. 2015.
Conceptual portrait of Keith Rutowski. 2014.