The Haslett family have only been in Australia for less than two years, and back in Ireland they had a yearly tradition of having brother and sister, Ewan and Ella photographed in black-and-white in exactly the same position with exactly the same expressions.
So it was my privilege to help the Haslett family continue their yearly tradition, but in Australia, as they hadn't had the opportunity until now. It was also a special time for daughter Ella, as she will graduate high school this year and recently had her party celebrations. So she wanted to be photographed this year in her graduation party gown.
I think yearly portraits are a great way of celebrating life and all the changes that each passing year represents. When I spoke to Ewan and Ella's mum, we chatted about this and it brought to mind a famous story I had read only recently of the Brown sisters: four sisters from the US who were photographed every year for 36 years in exactly the same position. Here's the link to a publication about their story - These 4 Sisters Were Photographed Every Year For 36 Years. And to see their photos over that period you can go to Fraenkel Gallery's link showcasing their photos.
It's interesting to see the changes over the years and once you hit your 40s, the aging begins to approach at a frightening speed. And I don't know about you, but I got a shock to find that I am indeed getting older, despite my continual denial of the fact (and yes...I'm guilty of pulling out those ever-increasing grey hairs).
Below you'll find a few snaps taken by Ewan and Ella's father of prints hanging on their wall. It's amazing to see the changes. Especially when you start this process with children, the difference is much more apparent because they do change so quickly.
And to help celebrate a special year for Ella, I took quite a few more photographs of her looking stunning in her beautiful blue party gown. So here are a few teasers for the Haslett family. Thanks to all them for being so easygoing and for Ewan and Ella for being so cooperative.
George and Louise, I think it's such a wonderful way to celebrate and remember your children and family! I hope they continue the tradition you started, into their adult years.