Recently my family lost my Stepmom, Marie. Marie had been ill for a while, but the loss came suddenly and was not at all expected. In helping my Dad with the preparations for the memorial, we sifted through old photographs looking for great photographs of Marie. I was stunned that we didn't have one fairly recent portrait of her, that featured her alone, that wasn't a snapshot. How had I let this slip by? This woman, who was the love of my Father's life, hadn't been professionally photographed since she was a little girl.
How had I let this opportunity slip by? This woman, who was the love of my Father's life, hadn't been professionally photographed since she was a little girl.
Naturally, when we think of photographing our families, the emphasis is on the younger generation; the growing children who are rapidly changing in size and appearance from year to year. As a result, the elder generation and even ourselves (parents) are often an afterthought.
I have had the pleasure of photographing many grandparents with their grandchildren, usually within an extended family session. Rarely is a session booked just to focus on the grandparents. I certainly have never done this with my own family, as evidenced by our struggle to find a wonderful, recent photograph of Marie.
For this reason, and in Marie's honour, I am working on putting together a special 'For Grandparents Only' Package. I hope this session will inspire everyone to create these important photographs that will become such treasures. Because, sadly, and perhaps unexpectedly, the opportunity for photographs will be gone.