When I photograph sports teams or dance schools, I like to photograph siblings together. Having a sibling is a special bond – there isn’t anything else like it. It’s someone who has your back regardless of what goes on in life, some who you can fight furiously with but the next day, they can defend you to a stranger. You share a lifetime of memories together. I think having family portraits is incredibly important, but family portraits only capture a small moment. What is life like for this particular family at this point in time? Well, for a lot of families, it means running back and forth to practices after school. When siblings share a passion for a sport together, I think it adds yet another element to their relationship and I like to capture this. I saw a story yesterday on the Olympics about the Canadian doubles luge team – they are brothers. They grew up with luge – Dad is a manager and Mom is an official. They have made luge their life.
For a lot of families, their lives currently revolve around whatever sport their children are in. There is driving back and forth to practices, there is encouraging children when they don’t want to practice yet again, and there is also spending a weekend traveling to a game or competition together as a family. I think it’s pretty neat when siblings get to share the experiences together. I recently photographed the Mannville Figure Skating Club and made sure we photographed the siblings too!