One of the many things I love about my job is returning to photograph the same children and families over the course of many years. I have been photographing these siblings every 2-3 years for over 15 years – now with a pretty unbeatable collection of A* A’Levels and GCSEs behind them, they were a far cry from the little rascals I photographed in my studio in London aged 4 and 2 years old!
I love the composition of this image – the sister on the fence smiling down at her younger brother, both looking happy, relaxed and confident, framed within the urban context in which they have grown up.
As a mother of three daughters myself, I love photographing girls.
There was something so special about these two sisters (aside from both being naturally beautiful and photogenic). A combination of their contagiously happy spirit, gentle confidence, humility, kindness, and deep routed love for each other. Whilst I captured a variety of stunning portraits of the two of them together (and individually), this image epitomises their relationship. The subjects don’t have to be looking into the your eye to capture your attention – a moment can be every bit as powerful. This was a moment for me.
I took this portrait earlier this year, on a swelteringly hot day in May. It’s hard, on a dark rainy and cold winter’s night, ever to imagine being hot again!
Along with many other portraits I took during our shoot, this has been kept under wraps until their father’s birthday last Saturday. Happy Birthday Peter!
I wanted to share this photograph as I feel it captures their intimacy, humour and beauty… Something I strive to capture in family & sibling portraiture.
With three daughters of my own, I can but hope that they will be as loving and fond of each other as these three sisters.