Autofocus! with Tegan and Sara at MTV Studios

I really love Tegan and Sara. I love their music and I love their dynamic. Tegan & Sara interviews are hilarious. Their banter on stage is not only part of their performances, it seems to be part of their everyday dynamic as sisters and a band. So when I was offered the chance to take some stills of Tegan and Sara, I snuck in to hear two interviews first. Did not disappoint.

The last time I took pictures of these two it was 2007 and they had a large gap of time afterwards and said they were just going to go back to their hotel and relax. After they left, I kicked myself for not inviting them out but maybe it was my innate fear of being rejected by cute girls that stopped me.

tegan and sara nyc portrait

This year was a bit different. As their popularity grows, my time with them at MTV Studios shrunk to a 15 second time slot where I popped off a few shots of the twins against an already set up backdrop before they were whisked away for a series of interviews and shoots that took them from 9 in the morning into the evening. They’re such busy girls now, which is great for them!

So that was my not-so-glamorous-but-still-completely-worth-it shoot Tegan and Sara experience of the year! I also said hi from all of us at Autostraddle because obvs we are big big fans and we LOVE their newest album, Sainthood. Perhaps we will get our very own private extensive glamorous photo shoot with them, but until then, here are a few stills from the interviews and from My Fifteen Second Shoot!

tegan and sara nyc interview

tegan and sara nyc portrait

tegan and sara nyc portrait

Robin is the founder and CEO of Robin Roemer Photography. When she’s not busy photographing portraits, fashions or famous people, she’ll be sharing her photos and musings here on autostraddle. Robin is an aggressive hugger and likes traveling and cute shoes. If you want, she will also photograph your gay wedding or your cute girlfriend. Follow her on twitter. Contact: robin[at]

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  1. Robin, your work is stellar, as per ushe. Having T&S exclusive shots and interviews and etc etc on Riese’s site…now that is that way things are supposed to be. Good work, la-la-ladies.

  2. Verrry cute pictures 🙂

    Also, I audibly went “Awww!” when I read ‘maybe it was my innate fear of being rejected by cute girls that stopped me.’

    Great work as usual!

  3. these are ace! think you are a photog genius if you get these kind of photos from like 15 secs. Thought the one of them laughing was my fave, but realised i love them all!
    also the new autofocus page looks great!

    • Thank you! I love the new page too! Riese and Alex are my heroes for building me my own little photo space on Autostraddle. Makes me want to go out and photo something right now!!

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