Jami Saunders, "4 Girls Vermont", digital inkjet print, 30x40"

Jami Saunders, “4 Girls Vermont”, digital inkjet print, 30×40″

Jami Saunders

I am interested in family relationships and the ways in which people who share bloodlines and life experiences are both vastly different and vastly similar. While composing my images, I am acutely aware of the in-between moments that are shared unconsciously as we exist side by side with our family. Body language, unspoken words, and unposed fragments of time tell a story of their own. This image was taken during a summer in Vermont. Three of the four girls are sisters, the fourth may as well be. The oldest sister has a new baby. Everyone here has known each other for practically their entire lives. on the back porch, silences are anything but uncomfortable.

Jami Saunders grew up in Dallas, Texas and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with degrees in Psychology and Italian. She worked in suicide prevention, attended culinary school and almost returned to school for a Masters in Architecture before spending a summer at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, Montana. Since then, she has studied in Maine, Santa Fe and at the International Center for Photography in New York City and now shoots editorial, commercial and privately commissioned work in the United States and abroad. Jami’s work has been published both nationally and internationally. She was awarded 1st place by the 2008 American Society of Media Photographers and was elected to be part of an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum in New York.