How would you like to be photographed every year of your life for 40 years? This is what happened to the Brown Sisters. What started out as a casual photo op out of boredom ended up to be one photographer’s project that spanned almost his whole career. So the photographic journey called, The Brown Sisters was born. The idea behind this came from photographer Nicholas Nixon whose wife is one of the four sisters. He decided on how these sisters would be ordered as two wanted to be in the middle most of the time. So from left to right it was Heather, Mimi, BeBe (Nixon’s wife), and Laurie. Take a peek at the Photographic Journey of how 4 Sisters Aged in 40 Years.
The first official portrait of the series as Nixon discarded the very first one in 1974. The Brown Sisters at New Canaan, Connecticut. From left to right: Heather (23-years-old), Mimi (15-years-old), BeBe (25-years-old), and Laurie (21-years-old). Four fresh-faced young women staring defiantly at the camera.
The Brown Sisters in Cambridge, Massachusettes and probably with a cooler weather but still defiantly staring at the camera. From left to right: Heather (25-years-old), Mimi (17-years-old), BeBe (27-years-old), and Laurie (24-years-old).
The Brown Sisters in Marblehead, Massachusettes and looking more dressed up. From left to right: Heather (27-years-old), Mimi (19-years-old), BeBe (29-years-old), and Laurie (26-years-old).
The Brown Sisters at Cincinnati, Ohio with the sisters looking more casual and laid back with their t-shirt and shorts attire. From left to right: Heather (29-years-old), Mimi (21-years-old), BeBe (31-years-old), and Laurie (28-years-old).
The Brown Sisters in Allston, Massachusettes with the three elder sisters looking more feminine and Mimi sporting a short ‘do. From left to right: Heather (31-years-old), Mimi (23-years-old), BeBe (33-years-old), and Laurie (30-years-old).
The Brown Sisters in Allston, Massachusettes again. This time, they all look softer and more feminine compared to previous portraits yet still with a guarded stare. From left to right: Heather (33-years-old), Mimi (25-years-old), BeBe (35-years-old), and Laurie (32-years-old).
The Brown Sisters in Chatham, Massachusettes with the youngest and eldest sisters giving a piercing stare. From left to right: Heather (35-years-old), Mimi (27-years-old), BeBe (37-years-old), and Laurie (34-years-old).
The Brown Sisters in Cambridge, Massachusettes looking a little cramped in the photo. From left to right: Heather (37-years-old), Mimi (29-years-old), BeBe (39-years-old), and Laurie (36-years-old).
The Brown Sisters in Watertown, Massachusettes with everyone looking more refined and mature. From left to right: Heather (39-years-old), Mimi (31-years-old), BeBe (41-years-old), and Laurie (38-years-old).
The Brown Sisters in Boston, Massachusettes looking all warm, cozy and more inviting. From left to right: Heather (41-years-old), Mimi (33-years-old), BeBe (43-years-old), and Laurie (40-years-old).
The Brown Sisters in Marblehead, Massachusettes. As these sisters mature we can see that they are more comfortable and at peace with themselves. From left to right: Heather (43-years-old), Mimi (35-years-old), BeBe (45-years-old), and Laurie (42-years-old).
The Brown Sisters at Wellesley Hills, Massachusettes. Their deeper bond pierces through the photo and lovingly put their arms on one another. From left to right: Heather (45-years-old), Mimi (37-years-old), BeBe (47-years-old), and Laurie (44-years-old).
The Brown Sisters in Brookline, Massachusettes with BeBe and Laurie giving a softer stare, Heather with a little smirk and Mimi looking apprehensive. From left to right: Heather (47-years-old), Mimi (39-years-old), BeBe (49-years-old), and Laurie (46-years-old).
The Brown Sisters in Brewster, Massachusettes and looks like they’re at the beach. From left to right: Heather (49-years-old), Mimi (41-years-old), BeBe (51-years-old), and Laurie (48-years-old).
The Brown Sisters in Ipswich, Massachusettes all dressed down and looking like its a bit windy. From left to right: Heather (51-years-old), Mimi (43-years-old), BeBe (53-years-old), and Laurie (50-years-old).
The Brown Sisters in Cataumet, Massachusettes with Laurie looking uneasy and deciding not to look in the camera at all. From left to right: Heather (53-years-old), Mimi (45-years-old), BeBe (55-years-old), and Laurie (52-years-old).
The Brown Sisters in Cataumet, Massachusettes. Each may have encountered a different kind of life but at the end of the day, their bond overshadows it and have nurtured a deeper relationship with each other. From left to right: Heather (55-years-old), Mimi (47-years-old), BeBe (57-years-old), and Laurie (54-years-old).
The Brown Sisters in Truro, Massachusettes aging gracefully and looking more comfortable in front of the camera as they mature. From left to right: Heather (57-years-old), Mimi (49-years-old), BeBe (59-years-old), and Laurie (56-years-old).
The Brown Sisters in Truro, Massachusettes. These women definitely look wiser and stronger amidst undergoing life’s experiences also no more apprehensions in front of the camera. From left to right: Heather (59-years-old), Mimi (51-years-old), BeBe (61-years-old), and Laurie (58-years-old).
Throughout this photographic journey, we see these women mature naturally embracing their own skin. Nothing glamorous but just a plain and simple look to showcase a part of who they are. We saw that when the youngest matured all the other ladies looked more relaxed as well. We saw how intertwined their lives were and how their relationship grew deeper as time passed by. We had a little glimpse at aging, relationships, and mortality through this Photographic Journey of how 4 Sisters Aged in 40 Years.