I'm looking around their St. Petersburg home, inside their living room, as they play with their baby, Amzi Chin. Debbie Chin is on the floor looking at the 6 month old, as her spouse Kari talks with their other child, 2-year-old Eliada.
Me, I'm crawling on the ground like a child myself, pushing against the cold tile to slide forward to get in closer to Debbie. Her child is playing with a ball and she is talking to him. Then I see it, a moment, an emotion, a bond between mother and child.
She is bumping her head against her child's. She is smiling in a kind of blissful way. Amzi is mesmerized by her toy, a transparent ball with a cartoonish-looking bird inside. I wanted to capture that frame, the warmth you could feel between them, while the light behind them illuminates this action. Them linking foreheads is a lot like the bond between them, and the love that Debbie feels for her child. Inside the photo there is this kind of frame they build around the center, somewhat like the frame of a house, a place to call home.
But it's not all fun and games. The Chins have been bothered by one peculiar aspect of having a new kid, specifically in the paperwork. As a same sex couple who were married in Boston, they wanted to have both of their names on Amzi's birth certificate. Kari is listed as the mother but Debbie's name was absent, a problem for same-sex couples around the nation and the basis of a lawsuit brought against the state of Florida. (You can click here to read the story about the lawsuit.) Since they used assisted conception, they said the spouse was left off.
"We're both the parents," Debbie said. "I don't know why (the birth certificate) doesn't reflect that."