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As I’m taking time away from Instagram and social media, I figured I could go back to some old ways of sharing my work. I like the intentionality of a blog and the space it gives for sharing work.

September was an incredibly busy month. I definitely appreciate working and getting assignments, but I think I took on a lot more than I should have. Before freelance photography, I worked as an English teacher in South Korea, both privately as a tutor and also as a teacher in a classroom. The hustle changed, but has never gone away. I’m trying to find that sweet spot of working assignments and also creating the work that brings me life. I think this is a never ending search.

Here’s a round up of some assignments I did in September.

Mary Kief stands for a portrait while holding an old photo of her son, Benjamin
Mary Kief stands for a portrait while holding an old photo of her son, Benjamin
Mary Kief stands for a portrait she holds an old portrait of her son, Benjamin, on September 3, 2020. Benjamin died of an overdose in April. It was difficult for him to get access to any resources during the height of the pandemic. Hannah Yoon for the Wall Street Journal
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Joe Biden as he speaks with some supporters in Lancaster, PA on September 9, 2020. Hannah Yoon for the New York Times
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Andrew Karas, an MBA student at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School, stands for a portrait in Philadelphia, PA. on Monday, September 14, 2020. Karas expressed he felt that he was ripped off for not getting any tuition back since classes are all virtual.
Hannah Yoon for Bloomberg Businessweek
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Maria Del Carmen Cabas stands for a portrait at her home in Philadelphia, PA., on Monday, September 14, 2020. Before the pandemic hit, Cabas had around 25 clients as a housekeeper and nanny. She went five months without work and only recently has been able to work for a few clients.
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Andrea Lerner, left, and her husband, Ira Lerner, sift through the mail of mail-in applications at the Voter Registration office in the Lehigh County Government Center in Allentown, PA., on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.
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Volunteers Joe Vichot, left, and Matt Labrie, second left, walk with Robert Arena, a field organizer, center, and Tim Ramos, vice chairman of the Lehigh County Republican Committee, in Emmaus, PA., on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
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Cannabis buds sit in packages at Curaleaf, a cannibis dispensary, in Bellmawr, NJ., on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.
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Kate Deisseroth, 50, left, sits in the back of her van with her son Andrew Deisseroth, 10, right, at their home in South Lebanon Township, PA., on Wednesday, September 24, 2020. As a single mom of twin boys and as an orthopedic surgeon, Deisseroth struggled to find a way to work and find proper child care early on during the pandemic when her sons stayed home from school. She’s still unsure what will happen this fall if and when schools shut down again.
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Republican candidate for Delaware U.S. Senate Lauren Witzke stands outside with her supporters at the Delaware Republican Party headquarters in Wilmington, DE., on Thursday, September 24, 2020.
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(Left) 501 Elm Street sits decorated by Trump signage in Lebanon, PA on Friday, September 18, 2020. (Right)335 Elm Street sits decorated by Trump signage in Lebanon, PA on Friday, September 18, 2020. Hannah Yoon for the New York Times
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Photos: Hannah Yoon

Documenting the shutdown on Germantown Avenue, which crosses three zip codes with deep economic divides

Philadelphia has long been considered one of the poorest big cities in America. As of March 6—before the coronavirus pandemic sent unemployment numbers skyrocketing—more than 7% of its residents were unemployed. …

By: Pavlina Cerna, Colin Chrestay, Lillian Hightower, Jozette M. Williams, Hannah Love Yoon, Miles Wall

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Crystal Jackson goes through donated clothes in front of her store ‘Perfectly Flawless’ on Thursday October 10, 2019. Jackson has been giving free clothes out to people in Germantown every Thursday since August 2019. Photo by Hannah Yoon

On a warm morning in October, Crystal Jackson, 31, was at her Germantown Avenue clothing boutique and make-up studio called Perfectly Flawless, preparing to hand out piles of clothes for free out front. Jackson has done this every Thursday since July to help community members in need, something Jackson considers to be her responsibility as a local businesswoman. For her, this includes ‘spreading love amongst neighbors’.

“It didn’t make sense for me to have a business and not do anything to help my community. I observe businesses and think, ‘What are they doing for the community?’ Because you should have time to help,” Jackson said. “You need to give back. …

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Hannah Yoon

Photographer based in Philadelphia.

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