This is a candid photo my photographer snapped at our last family portrait session. We were all getting fidgety, having past bored and tired a half hour earlier. The girls were being silly while the photographer was rearranging something. Somehow, he turned at the exact moment to capture this magical exchange between my two girls. I fell head over heels in love with it the instant I saw it. I had two portraits done, one for each girl, and when I saw them I had one done for me too. I gave them to the girls yesterday for Valentine's day. I was soooo excited. I love coming up with interesting gifts and I was sure this was an absolute winner.
Victoria, my youngest, liked the portrait but was more excited with the itunes card I had enclosed also. Alex, on the other hand, absolutely hated the photo and wanted NOTHING to do with it. She thinks she looks awful and why in the world would I pick a photo with her eyes closed??? As she made her feelings clear, I began to tear up. I was taking this WAY too personally. I had invested more in this portrait than I was aware of. And I still continue to uncover more emotional nuggets the more I sit with the feelings.
To me this is a picture of my girls. My girls being silly and playful. My girls being young and innocent. But most poignantly, my girls being sisters. I love the way they get along when they get along. I love to hear them tease and banter. I love to hear them giggle and scream. I love to watch them do each others hair and makeup. I love to watch them trade clothes and fashion advice. I love to catch them whispering and conspiring. I love to watch them do almost anything. This portrait captured that feeling for me. The feeling of sisters. The good times and the love they have for each other.
I have a sister too. She is a year younger than I am and we were raised like twins. We are very, very different in many ways. When I feel the love my girls radiate in this photo, I wistfully yearn for this bond with my own sister. Sometimes I feel it, soft as a wisp of smoke, tying us together for a moment or two and then it just as suddenly disappears without a trace. I pray my girls never loose the magical bond they have now. I pray for the chance to forge this bond with my sister. We have so much in common if we can see past our differences. And most important...I love her.