Photographing siblings; especially two sisters, is particularly meaningful for me. My sister and I grew up very close, and I was devastated when she tragically lost her life at age 20. I still think about her every day; and it often feels like a piece of me and my history is missing. I will always hold the memories I spent with her close to my heart. I love looking at photographs of us when we were little; before tragedy struck and changed life forever. Those photos take me back. They help me remember little details about her; a particular day, a feeling, emotions.
One of the reasons why portraiture is so valuable is because of what I experienced with my sister. You never know when life will take a dramatic turn–for better or worse– and when those photographs become legacies. Photographs are something tangible we can hold on to: a keepsake that provides a window into the past.
This sibling portrait is from a recent family session I photographed at the girls’ favorite tire swing. The family will now always have this portrait to remember in 10, 2o, 30 years… the fun times spent swinging under the trees together 🙂