I have been photographing my sister Emily since the day I picked up a camera. She has been my most constant muse. I have watched her steady gaze through my lens change as she grew up and slowly became more and more aware of herself and her own image.
I began taking a photo of Emily every year on her birthday, starting in 2005 when she turned 15. Emily is now 28 years old and there are 13 images in the birthday series. In 2013 she brought her girlfriend home with her and I decided to include her in the photo for that year, and every year since, but I also shot Emily alone those years not sure what I would want in a final edit. Seeing the progression of birthday photos shows how my sister has changed over the years, but in the end, for me she will always encompass all the images at once, I will remember her equally as the fifteen year old and as the young woman she is now.