This 22 Year-Old Woman Just Met Her Mom For The Very First Time, And She Captured It On Camera.

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“I was very eager to meet Sheila, and I know she was just as eager to meet me."

Ashley Comer loves her adoptive parents. She was raised in a loving home that made her into the person she is. Nonetheless, the photography major at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, wanted to meet her biological mother, Sheila. Through the adoption agency, Comer discovered Sheila lived in Florida and was excited to meet her.

The timing and proximity worked in Comer’s favor as she had five weeks left of her final school semester in Georgia. She spent every weekend getting to know Sheila. One of the things that the two share was their artistic leanings.

The reunion became such an important experience for the 22-year-old that she changed her senior thesis to a different one named, “Meeting Sheila.”


Ashley Comer

Comer's biological mother, Sheila.

Ashley Comer

The letter Comer received from the adoption agency.

Ashley Comer

You can see the similarities.

Ashley Comer

The two found that they shared artistic interests.

Ashley Comer

Comer also met Sheila's boyfriend Rick and his daughter Bethany.

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The mementos Sheila kept from Comer's birth.

Ashley Comer

Capturing intimate moments.

Ashley Comer

The 22-year-old shared her self-portraiture and other works when Sheila visited her in Savannah.

Ashley Comer

Sheila began to give suggestions with the photos, particularly with locations and clothes.

Ashley Comer

Happy memories were created. Rick and his daughter kicked the ground to create the dust in the light effect while the women looked at each other lying down.

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Sheila after jumping in the puddle.

Ashley Comer

“Finally, there is the image of Sheila sitting on her porch at night. I was extremely excited about this photograph, as for me it seemed the most similar to my normal way of working. I printed it the next day.”

Ashley Comer

Not all of the images were planned. Here is a relaxed and playful Sheila.

Ashley Comer

Comer understands Sheila's decision to give her up for adoption.

Ashley Comer

“I do not think Sheila abandoned me, and I would never wish to have her misrepresented. She made the right decision for both of us at the time. Now that we know one another we can say with confidence that it was the right decision.”

Ashley Comer

An old photograph of Comer as a two and a half month-old baby.

Ashley Comer

Comparing their likeness.

Ashley Comer

Comer is now in Massachusetts in a summer program. She still plans to keep in touch with Sheila.

Ashley Comer

"Though I am extremely grateful for [Sheila] and this opportunity to have some sort of relationship with her, it is still important to distinguish that she is my birth mother, and it is my parents who helped me to be who I am today.”

Ashley Comer

The photos are on display Louvre in Paris, France, for the Exposure Award under the Documentary Collection.

Ashley Comer


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