I had incredibly good luck to shoot Lara and Julia at Singapore.
The sisters are accomplished actresses, very easy to direct. They followed my directions precisely and expressions came to them naturally. This is quite a feat considering my aversion to smile on photographs and the girls’ natural cheer.
The Franco-Dutch girls speak fluent Mandarin; They are accomplished Chinese folk dancers, as well as adept at Latin dances including Cha-Cha-Cha, and Samba. They have excelled with distinction at the Trinity college exams, arguably the most difficult music exams, and are fascinated with STEM studies!
Yet they are so well integrated in the Singapore/Chinese society that the locals refer to them as ‘girls just like us but with golden hair’.
If I said I strode confidently into the studio, I’d be lying. My style is sombre minimalist portraits, which is not how I’d want to portray young happy girls.
I wanted to create a portrait that included both the girls telling the story of their sisterly love and professional competitiveness.
The portraits of sisterly rivalry that we created together are a refreshing break from my usual style. These are detailed, expansive, and colour! I have been jolted far out of my style by these young ladies, and I am loving it.
Hat tip to their mother Magdalena for supporting us enthusiastically!
Please do shower some love and appreciation at Lara and Julia’s Instagram profile. You could also search for them at Instagram @laravansteenjulia.
Here are some more pictures from the shoot. I hope you like this diversion, and also that it saves my photography from being a bore.