Erin | An Ode | Saltair


I love my sister.

Uh yeah, prepare yourself for some corny, sisterly love.

It’s always funny when Erin and I look back on growing up together. We shared a room until she went off to college, and we didn’t always get along with each other. You can blame me for the most part. While I thought she was always high-strung, it was never without good reason. I was a total slob growing up. My toys and clothes were always on the floor and I rarely tidied up without provocation, because let’s face it, I thought I had better things to do. It drove Erin nuts. She always liked the room to be clean, so we butted heads a lot. But really, I was kind of a brat. (They say admitting the problem is the first step to recovery. Haha!)

When Erin moved off to college we were finally able to start getting along! It’s amazing how much easier it is to get to know someone when they don’t live with you anymore! After that, we became thick as thieves and have been close ever since. It’s a bummer that we don’t live closer to each other, but it does make it very exciting when she comes to visit! We had been planning to do all kinds of different shoots throughout the year, but neither of us could find the time to get around to doing it. FINALLY, she was able to come down and it was absolutely amazing! I miss my family so much! I wish I could spend more time with the rest of them!

Anyway, Erin and I spent the morning chilling and getting her hair and makeup done. I introduced her to the wonders that are clip-in hair extensions and fake eyelashes. We basically played dress-up. It’s still just as fun now as it was when we were kids, just sayin’!

I had been itching to do something with water, so obviously, we went out to Saltair. FYI, if you want to avoid the stench of the lake, do your shoots in September. The water isn’t freezing yet, and the air doesn’t stink.

I love the soft blue color pallet in the water photos. It makes me feel giddy and happy! I also played around with some blown out back-lighting. I like them, but I’d like to go out there and explore that idea some more, maybe with some better strobes. Nevertheless, the airy, ethereal feel of them was a happy accident.

Erin is one of my best friends, and I don’t know what I would do without her. I’m not a poet, but I decided to write some thoughts down to share with you how I feel about my beautiful older sister. Perhaps it will touch one of you out there who has someone special and dear to you, like Erin is to me.

You are my friend and confidant.
Intuitive and perceptive, you are intelligent and wise.
Reminding me to ground myself every now and then,
and to be grateful for what God has given me.
You have laughed with me.
You have cried for me.
You are my sister, forever and always.