This story was produced over a 5 day period at the Missouri Photo Workshop
Raven Tackett, center, and her girlfriend Trinka Boatright lay in bed with Raven’s son London Tackett, 2, at their home in Sullivan, Mo. Raven and Trinka have been together for one year. “In past relationships they’d look past the person I was. I’d pray for someone who could see me for who I am. She broke that down and that’s how I know I’m supposed to be with her,” said Raven.
Raven and her son London Tackett joke around while Trinka looks on at their home. “Most of my trust for my mother comes from Trinka. She helped me rebuild that,” said Raven.
Dianna, her mother, and brother London walk down the stairs from a friend’s home.
Raven helps her daughter, Dianna Jones, 7, get ready for school in the morning at their home in Sullivan, Mo. Raven had her daughter when she was 19 years old and has been a single mother for most of Dianna’s life. Raven said she wants to give her kids the opportunities she did not have growing up.
Latoya watches Dianna as they hang out in front of Dianna’s home.
Newly married Latoya and her husband Jared laugh with their grandson London and Latoya’s daughter Raven at the Pate’s home. Jared was a friend of Raven’s before he met Latoya. Once Jared got together with Latoya, he aided in rebuilding the relationship between Latoya and Raven.
Jared gives his wife Latoya a kiss while out on the town at the Loose Ends bar in Cuba, Mo. “I feel complete and in love. He loves me unconditionally,” said Latoya.
As he gets ready to leave for work, Jared Pate says goodbye to his wife, Latoya Pate around 5:00 a.m. at their home in Cuba, Mo. “All her life, all she has looked for is love. She wants someone to love her and take care of her. Jared is what she wanted all along,” said Raven, about her mother, Latoya Pate.
Jared leaves his home for work around 5:00 a.m. Jared works for McGinnis Wood Products while Latoya stays home to cook and keep the house clean.