Charlotte | Austin Senior Portraits Photographers

Eight days after I received my driver’s license, my middle sister Charlotte was born.

I have never lived with her and would venture to say that I don’t really know her or any of my four other siblings that well.

Our family dynamics are complicated and messy like many other families and the truth is, I am and was a deadbeat older sister to all of them.

I’d like to blame it on living out of state, traveling all the time or the fact I only share fragments of their biology and that in itself didn’t qualify me as worthy of knowing.

I thought maybe they didn’t want to know the random older sister that was from another ancient, sad, failed union.

But those are just lame excuses that aren’t based in reality, I needed to make time.

I need to be the older sister that tries a lot effing harder to foster a relationship with these people.

I loved, loved, loved seeing Charlotte here in Austin for some belated senior portraits.

She’s lucky enough to visually favor our other sister but photographing her I see the cheeks I had in my youth before aging thinned them out.

I see a straighter, more refined version of my nose.

I hear the laugh and sarcasm that we both get from our at times baffling father.

There’s this song called “Charlotte Sometimes” by The Cure that I loved in high school and still do. It always reminded me of her.

“Charlotte sometimes dreams a wall around herself
But it’s always with love
With so much love it looks like
Everything else
Of Charlotte sometimes
So far away
Glass sealed and pretty
Charlotte sometimes”

I love you Charlotte Welch. More than just sometimes.

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Charlotte’s hobbies include chasing grackles at the park. Just kidding.
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