“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” – Desmond Tutu
There is a special and unique bond which siblings share.
They have the ability to bring out the best in each other, but can so easily bring out the worst too.
I know from experience.
Being close in age to my sister, we bickered and fought as all siblings do throughout childhood. We also conspired, laughed and played together, and watched out for each other too.
As adults we share a closeness that simply cannot be truly defined by words.
I wouldn’t want to be without my sister.
And I hope it will be the same for Olivia and William as they grow.
It has been a privilege to see their relationship – their bond – grow and flourish.
It isn’t always easy. Arguments are never too far from the surface, mainly caused by each child wanting to play together, but in their own unique way.
And it’s this that’s actually one of the things I love most about their relationship.
I’ve written before about how, in some ways, they’ve been worlds apart from the start. This is still true in some respects, but despite their differences they’re always drawn to one another.
Olivia can be bossy and short-tempered, but she can also be considerate and kind.
William can be stubborn and fiery, but he is also sensitive and cuddly.
They can drive each other to distraction, but will always seek the other out to play or read with.
They can scream and shout at one another, but then share secret jokes and giggles.
These photographs are some of my favourites of them together.
They show how comfortable Olivia and William are with each other.
How much more fun things can be – even mundane, ordinary things – with a ‘wing man’ by your side.
This year, as I attempt to get more confident with my photography, I am committed to documenting their bond. It will be something for us all to look back on and remember with fondness.
You’ll find me writing about their relationship once a month with dedicated photographs of the 2 of them together. I’ll be doing it as part of a project called Siblings. You can click on the image below to find out more about it.
I’m looking forward to creating a special library of snaps of their ordinary and extraordinary moments together.