We dug up this jean jacket from the 80's
Family is everything. We diffuse and spread out as we get older, but we always come back to each other. On Dec. 26th, we all lingered together trying to absorb just a little bit more of Christmas and a little bit more of each other. For years, we took for granted the childhood moments that had us linked together whether we liked it or not. We would go for car rides, compete over everything, fight over the remote, ride the school bus together, fight over the last chicken cutlet, have each other's back in the lunch room, steal each other's stuff and keep each other honest. Our daily existences revolved around one another until we were old enough to be the center of our own universe. It's not until we are grown up that we long to relive some of life's little growing moments that are long gone and just a distant memory that you once shared. Now, any moment with a sibling is an opportunity to bring some of our childhood back into focus. As adults we have a common perspective infused by our parents and we can add our own thoughts to the mix. As we are all parents now, we can share in our collective history in the way we raise our own kids. The memories we had of our growing up years are all common bond that our own children will now share. Cousins, they all share a commonality of the family tree. They are the essential in keeping the family flame lit and its spirit real. Someday, when we're gone, they will look to each other to carry on traditions and the love a family knows. I took these portraits in my parent's basement with the a white backdrop and props found in tucked away corners. We were missing only the twins and Trace, who somehow managed to hide behind his XBOX. Ten out of thirteen is a pretty good crowd. I enjoy the similarities of their features while seeing their own personalities shine through in each portrait. Like cookies crafted from a cutter, the similarities are unmistakable. Their colorful icings make them who they are and give us even more reason to love them. But their recipe is a family secret that goes way back; one we can all be proud of.
Pete (says I can take three pictures)