Although we were drawn to nontraditional families, the primary motivation for this portfolio was to capture the unique bonds of every type of family. There is a connection that all families feel, even when they fight. “Nothing changes your life like family,” Lee Daniels, the Academy Award–nominated director of Precious, once told me. “That’s where your truth is.” That truth can be a jumble of siblings (like the Hennessy family), a single dad (like Usher), or a gay father who’s raising his brother’s children (like Daniels). More than anything else, families are a powerful point of origin. If a child starts life with a more open perspective, a different view of race and gender, the culture, as a whole, will shift. What was once unusual is now ordinary. And that’s worth celebrating.