Female friendships with Sarah and Niomi
Sarah and Niomi's Story
I had the pleasure of capturing two beautiful best friends, Sarah and Niomi at a meetup event we were all attending. The nicest part is that both were just ecstatic to be with one another, having unintentionally matched in black. It’s obvious the two have shared many moments together.
Can we agree to make friendship photography a thing? Female friendships are one of the most powerful things in life and we are here to CELEBRATE it. I appreciate these two for allowing me to document them and sharing their thoughts on their relationship.
All stories have a beginning and for these two, Niomi actually cannot recall how she met Sarah. One day Sarah was just there, in my life, and Niomi was in hers!
What Niomi can remember though is their laughter together. It hasn’t stopped. Recently, Niomi found prime college pictures where Sarah tried fitting in a suitcase to go home with her roommate and another where they wore matching braids to eat dinner.
“YOU CAN SEE THE HAPPINESS RADIATING FROM THESE PHOTOS, MUCH LIKE IN THE ONES TAKEN OF US!”
Another loved memory of Niomi’s is a video of Sarah dancing to a friend’s piano playing. Niomi highlights that everywhere Sarah goes, magic follows and you can practically see the sparkles!
“SARAH IS A STRONG WOMAN, AND WE'VE OVERCOME A LOT TOGETHER. BEING FRIENDS WITH SOMEONE LIKE HER MAKES YOU REALIZE THE KIND OF LIFE YOU WANT TO CREATE AND FIGHT FOR. I'M GRATEFUL TO BE HER FRIEND.”
For Sarah, she thinks about life and relationships a lot through the lens of movies. With her friendship with Niomi, the scenes of their relationship flicker through when thinking about her or hanging out with her.
“I'D LIKE TO DESCRIBE THE MOVIE OF OUR FRIENDSHIP AS EVENTFUL, SURPRISING, DEVELOPMENTAL, AND SLOW-BURNING, LIKE A NICE FIRE THAT WILL JUST KEEP ON BURNING EVEN AFTER THE EMBERS DARKEN.”
Niomi came into Sarah’s world at the beginning of a tumultuous journey of undergrad and stayed. When talking about old college friends, it’s Niomi they always refer to in the squad’s conversations. Cue the montages of head-palming, hollering hilarious laughter with their group of friends as well as the deep, meaningful talks about family, love, and career.
Sarah describes Niomi as intuitive and beyond considerate and nice, truly emphasizing and feeling everything from everyone around her. She's one of the few humans Sarah has had such a pure connection with and been so vulnerable with pain, especially with family and love.
Because of their friendship, Sarah has learned and grown so much and is so thankful to know such a beautiful, kind soul like her who has given so much grace.
“I WILL CARRY THE LOVE AND JOY THAT I GET FROM MY RELATIONSHIP WITH NIOMI WHEREVER I GO - SHE'S ONE OF THE BEST THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED TO ME IN RICHMOND.”