This is my sister Cassidy. She is one of my partners in crime when it comes to the creative process of my blog. Whenever I want to express myself in the form of editorial photography or explore new techniques behind the lens, I call her to collaborate. She is a great model, is able to pull off different looks, and is always down to try whatever idea I have, no matter how vague or offbeat. She gets it. Actually, as I’m a bit older than her, I find it surprising that I never dressed her up like my personal Barbie doll when we were younger. I was probably too busy doing my homework and sketching in my notebook to explore the possibilities of looking to my siblings for creative inspiration. Except for when I styled my brothers in drag. Because what older sister doesn’t love to do that?
We shot these photos back in February in my makeshift home studio to avoid the cold and practice with lighting equipment. Cassidy is known for her beautiful smile, but we took that away during this shoot. She is still beautiful of course without it, but what we get is a sense of her that is much older. You can see a depth in her that you might have otherwise overlooked if you had first seen a pretty blonde with a cheerful grin as portrayed in our Valentine’s story. Instead, you see the duality of strength and softness and youth and wisdom that colors all women.
Here is Cassidy, styled and photographed in black and white by her older half-sister (me):
As two sisters collaborating creatively, we tend to giggle. Or laugh until we cry. To achieve a moodier vibe, we played Lana Del Rey in the background. The cinematic downer music helped us get into character and focus on the mise en scene of the day’s shoot.
I’m in love with the above photo because I can see the pores, every tiny line, and even a few freckles on her face. Sometimes we miss out on that since the invention of Photoshop.
Photography and styling by Alexis Sargent. Model: Cassidy Stone.
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