Today it´s my pleasure to share six new portraits in the portrait section - portraits of special people. These six boys are brothers. They are all part of the family my wife was an Au Pair at in a small Village near Huddersfield, England. The pictures are sorted from the oldest to the youngest. Though I´m not entirely sure I didn´t mix two of them up, the last two are identical twins and I still couldn´t tell them apart when we visited them with our own kids a couple of weeks ago.
Their mum treasures portraits a photographer friend of hers took of them about 4 years ago. On these pictures, they look exactly how we remembered them when we left last time - before we married, went to Australia and New Zealand, before my firstborn and well before the birth of my daughter. When we came to catch up and introduce our own kids, she showed me these and, knowing that photography turned into a passion, asked me to take similar portraits of all her sons to replace the outdated with current ones.
I happily obliged, but though the fellowship with all of them was delightful and very emotional for all of us, it turned out to be quite a challenge. For once, this was not the fault of english weather, though. Realising even those cute babies, which is what they were when my wife first arrived, are growing up, meant realising that they have their own will as well. It was hard, hard work to get them to cooperate and let me take their portraits, I really do not envy people making a living of photographing kids.
Still, I am quite proud of the outcome, and I think the boys and their parents will be, too. For me, these portraits reflect so much of their individual personalities and strong, yet still to be shaped characters. I am honoured to have been trusted with the task to recreate images that mean a lot and last a long time.