© Mariana Salazar

20. Blended Family

"Alex, Camila and Santiago"

— Mariana Salazar

Family Photography Now, directive and week 20: Share a photograph of your blended family - the ins and outs of daily life, the rituals and routines

“I became a step-mother long before I was a biological mother. My step daughter was 6 when I met her and 12 when I split with her father. Within that time, I fell in love with her like any mother falls in love with their child. Now, a decade out of that relationship, I still call her my step-daughter because, to me, there’s nothing else she can be – her importance in my life was not diminished when the relationship ended, she remains, irrefutably, my family”

— Meera Sodha, Food writer & author