Meet Maria Pignaton Pontin and Paulina Pignaton Pandolfi.
The twin sisters from Brazil are turning 100 this month and to mark the special occasion, a photographer captured them in a stunning photo shoot. On May 15, the birthday girls posed in front of Camila Lima’s camera in Ilha do Frade, Vitória.
Lima saw a segment on a local news station about the twin sisters’ upcoming celebration on May 24 and reached out to them, hoping they would participate in a whimsical photo shoot. The 28-year-old photographer says: “I had never met anyone who was 100 years old, let alone twins. I thought, this has to be recorded for eternity, so I contacted the family and offered to take photos.”
The 2-hour photo session included hair styling, makeup application, and colorful outfits. Lima explains: “They did everything I asked and did not complain about tiredness.” She also adds that both were “very happy and satisfied” with the end result.
Maria has 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Her sister Paulina has 6 children, 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. The beautiful photos will not only serve as a celebratory occasion, but they’re also a reminder of how much they’ve been through together. Lima says: “Paulina has already had bowel cancer, two heart attacks, but recovered from everything. She is firm and strong. Maria never had anything. They say they live for ‘tapas and kisses’.”
The twins celebrated their big birthday with their large family on May 20. For more photos from the fun-filled shoot, head over to Lima’s Facebook page.