Siblings

Siblings

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These photos are from a photoshoot I did of my siblings and myself. They are some of my favorite subjects to shoot photos of. Nothing is more important than family. My siblings mean the world to me and they all happen to be very photogenic. They are in the order of oldest to youngest. The first set of photographs are originals in color and the second set are originals in tones of black and white. I like the contrasts between the color and black and white photographs. I like how black and white sets a different mood and plays with their expressions. Enjoy!

Sawyer, my twin.

Self Portrait.

Bryson.

Kiara.

Taryn.

Sawyer, black and white.

Self Portrait, black and white.

Bryson, black and white.

Kiara, black and white.

Taryn, black and white.

Cover Image Credit: Brandi Garriques

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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Thank You For Being The Best Big Brother A Girl Could Ever Ask For

A simple "thank you" will not suffice.

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In simple terms, Thank you.

Thank you for understanding and accepting the fact that you were going to have to deal with a little sister when I showed up in your life twenty years ago. Thank you for understanding that mom and dad were bringing home a baby, instead of a pet for you to play with. Thank you for protecting me since day one. Thank you for being the biggest critic when I needed it the most. Thank you for being there for me during the good times and the bad. Thank you for supporting me at every dance competition, even though I was only on stage for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Thank you for teaching me how a girl should be treated and nothing less. Thank you for never giving up on me, even when I do not understand what you are trying to tell me. Thank you for being the best friend I needed.

Thank you for being you.

When we were kids I wanted to be as cool as you. Following all of your footsteps and trying to be just like you. All I wanted was to be athletic, just like you. I, clearly, did not get that gene but I did try my hardest.

In all honesty, there was no one else in the world I watched and wanted to be like more than you unless it was a princess from a Disney movie or something like that. I'll always remember how annoyed you would be when I would follow you around. I would sit in your room while you play video games and ask you plenty of questions about the games you were playing. Thank you for trying your best to explain it to me. To be honest, it still has not clicked in my brain.

I remember we, more like you, would try to fight and accidentally hurt me. Immediately following, the words "Shh Shh you are fine. Don't tell mom. Shhh." would come out of your mouth. It still happens to this day, but now the words "Oh oops, sorry I didn't mean to hit you that hard. My fault. My fault" as you laugh. How many times have you tried to football tackle me onto my bed? Too many to count, but it has taught me to always watch my back, or keep my door shut.

We both have so much of life to do and I am glad we get to celebrate together.

We've been through a lot of different things over the 20 years we have spent together. There have been good times and bad times. But what I've come to realize most through it all is that you and I have gotten closer each and every day. Between our trips to school every day, sending each other memes that only we laugh at, and just our everyday, normal conversations, somehow you became my best friend.

Now, January of 2019, you are working and I am in college, we don't get to see each other as often as we would both like. You're still my best friend. You always will be. You are the best brother a girl could ask for. I was blessed to become your sister and you were blessed to become my brother. Don't worry, you didn't have to say it, I said that for you. There's no one else in the world I would want to call my brother. Thank you for always supporting me, understanding me, and being someone I could talk to, no matter the situation

To the person who still likes to practice WWE moves on me for no apparent reason other than it is entertaining. Thank you.

With lots of love,

Your favorite, annoying little sister.

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