Kinship. It's what sticks us together, pulls us towards each other and keeps us close throughout the years and the changes they bring. Stronger than blood alone, kinship is the bond that forms when we have an affinity for each other deeper than common interests or shared hobbies.
Kinship blooms when we become friends with our siblings, and when our friends and lovers become our family. It's when we elect to take people into our lives as kindred spirits, whether they were born biologically related to us, or adopted into our inner circle by choice.
A short while ago, I had the chance to take photos of my friends Ellen and Tushith. We were also joined by Ellen's sister Dominique and her boyfriend Renaat, who were visiting from Belgium, Ellen's home country.
Ellen and Tushith have loved each other for over a decade. They met while studying in a country that was native to neither of them, then moved to yet another foreign place for school and work.Throughout the years, they've kept each other company in their adopted cities, and kept in touch long-distance when in their respective homelands. They bring out the best in each other and truly enjoy one another's company. As I often joke with them, when you put an engineer and an architect together, amazing things happen. You should see the high-tech fire pits they construct on camping trips! All kidding aside, the kinship they share really is magical, and inspiring to all those who know them.
Dominique and Renaat arrived in Montreal and brought a whole bunch of Belgian friendliness and style with them. It made me so happy to see Ellen and Dominique together. Spending time with family members who live far away is the absolute best.
Now, photographing someone once is a pleasure, but having the opportunity to capture an additional moment in someone's life is a true honour. How cool is it to be able to mark another year and preserve more memories for people who love each other? For me, this is the best type of portrait session. Ellen and Tush, I had so much fun the last time we worked together. This time was even better, as I got to meet some of your kinfolk!
The sun was bright in Ellen and Tushith's apartment on one of the first days of spring!
Here are Dominique and Renaat.