On another family photoshoot this past week, I asked my sister to stick around after so I could take some portraits of her. In my series of women empowerment, she is a key. So we wandered around Gas Works as it slightly drizzled and took some pictures. Below are my favorites.
The main goal of these spotlights on women in my life is to showcase them as I see them. Kayla will forever be 6 years old in my mind, silly and a little conniving. I tried to capture photos that weren't her posing or smiling as she usually does, but off guard. We've always had a special sister relationship; we never fought much growing up (Thanks Mom and Dad for that) and we never really let ourselves compete. From a young age I remember being supported by her, and she's still someone that I feel totally comfortable around no matter what.
I think growing up, having a sister to look up to is so lucky. Especially one filled with such grace and humility, it was often a challenge to walk in her shoes. So I think her excellence really taught me how to make my own steps, how to be someone else, which I think is her ultimate gift to me as a girl and now as a woman. She gave me someone to follow, learn from and emulate, but she also gave me my own strength to be myself. For that, she's definitely on the top of my list of women who have supported and empowered me, because she's helped shape the strength I have.
Thanks to Kay for being a part of this, I have more shoots coming up with many more women in my life as well as another series on the tip of my tongue. Stay tuned, stay strong, keep creating.