The first time I met them, I could only see Eliza. Meg was snuggly tucked into her mom’s round belly. But their relationship was already powerful. When I see this first portrait now, it feels as if Eliza was waiting for her to get here. Like they were always meant to walk through this life together.
I count it as a huge blessing that I’ve been able to make portraits of this remarkable sibling relationship every year since then. When their parents told them they were divorcing, one of the questions they had was “Can we still make portraits with Kristen?” Happily, the reply was yes.
There have been sessions when, surely, they weren’t feeling it, times when they were annoyed with each other, or maybe me. Yet they are my star subjects. Always creative, natural, insightful, kind, authentic, hilarious. These sessions always feel like a party, a great hang with people you love. They dance, sing, jump, snuggle, giggle, lounge like they they know who they are. Sometimes, I have to call their attention back because they are naturally drawn towards one anther, speaking a sister language that they alone share.
Now, with Eliza at college and Meg college bound soon, I asked each of them to tell me about her sister.
Meg:Eliza is my sister, best friend, mentor, inspiration, and one of my favorite people on the planet. Her hard work, passion, talent, and dreams inspire everyone she is around. I love her and couldn’t imagine my life without her.
Eliza:Meg and I weren’t always close but as we’ve grown up we’ve only grown closer and now I’m so lucky to be able to say that my sister is one of my best friends. I admire her endless generosity and motivation. She is full of life and so easy and fun to be around, and now more than ever, I’m thankful for all the time we get to spend together.
I’m thankful for all the time spent with these two amazing women.
Flagstaff Family Portrait Photographer • Flagstaff Maternity Pregnancy Photographer • Flagstaff Newborn Photographer • Flagstaff Child Photographer • Flagstaff Senior Portrait Photographer • Flagstaff Couples Photography
Kristen Dacey Iwai of KDI Photography is a full-time professional portrait photographer based in Flagstaff, Arizona with decades of experience. Making portraits of families, pregnancy, newborns, babies, children, and high school seniors in her downtown studio and on location, she serves clients from Flagstaff, Sedona, Tuba City, Winslow, Payson, Page, Williams, Prescott, Mesa, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Arizona