Photographs are All That’s Left

I only have one living grandparent. My maternal grandmother died before I was born. All I ever knew of her were my mother’s memories. I lost my paternal grandparents more recently. I have my own beautiful memories of growing up next door to them. Picking tomatoes in the garden, Sunday afternoon ice cream cones, and annual family reunions. Time fades those memories. They aren’t as clear as they once were. I miss them.

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My kids, me, my dad, and his parents. Saying goodbye.

Last year we lost my husband’s father to cancer. This was the most difficult loss we have had to face as a family. Jerry was a truly remarkable man and his children and grandchildren adored him. My youngest children will grow up not knowing him. My older ones will only have vague fading memories. My niece and any future grandchildren will never have the chance to meet him. They are truly missing out.

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My husband and his father When he came to visit us in California 7 years ago.

My husband also has only one grandparent left. She visited us a few months ago and I spent quite a bit of time with a camera in her face. I’m sure I annoyed her at times, but these are my most prized possessions. In a few years these photographs will be all that we have left of her. I printed my favorites into a book for my children, so that her memory will always be bright in their minds. When my grandfather and parents come to visit for Thanksgiving I will make sure to do the same for our memories of them.

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My husband’s Grandma painting Rachels toenails.

The upcoming generation is  the most highly photographed in history, yet they have so few printed memories. Don’t let your memories live in cyberspace to be forgotten. Print them, share them, keep them alive. If you think photographs aren’t important now, will you still feel that way when they are all you have left?

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This is one of the favorite photographs my mother has of her mother. The hair, the outfit, I just love it!

The photographs I have of our family members are my most prized possessions. They would be the first thing I grab (well after my kiddos of course) on my way out the door if my house was on fire. This is why I will continue to annoy everyone around me with a camera in their face.

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A treasured memory we never want to forget.

You don’t have to be perfect. You just have to exist. Your friends and family don’t care if you have perfect hair, a perfect smile, or the perfect body. They just want a piece of the memory. You are perfect, because you are theirs. Exist in photos because some day they will be all that is left and for someone they will be irreplaceable treasures.

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Sometimes I like to give my camera to one of the kids. I want photographs of THEIR memories, even when they don’t do much to flatter me. I #existinphotos for them, because one day that’s all they will have left.

 

Photography- The Best Cure for a Bad Memory

We lived next door to my father’s parents when I was young. Every Sunday we would go next door after church to eat ice cream, talk with Grandma and Grandpa and play with the other cousins who would show up. Almost every week I would go to the bookshelf and grab one of Grandma’s family photo albums. I’d sit on the footstool next to her chair and flip through the pages while she told me stories about the pictures. I loved listening to her soft German accent telling me about my family history. Seeing photographs that went along with the stories made the people in them real to me. I especially loved seeing pictures of my freckle-faced, red-headed father as a scrawny little boy.

My mother also kept scrapbooks of her children. We had a family book and then one book for each child. I have many a fond memory of sitting down at the table with my mom while she worked on adding photos to the family book and I added photos to my own book.

Now as a mom one of my favorite times with my kids is when we all gather around the computer and look through old photos. My kids love looking at their baby pictures and hearing the stories that go along with them. Even more fun now is that we have videos as well as photography. So many times I’ve seen a photo that reminded me of an event I hadn’t thought about in years. How many memories would be lost if I didn’t have those photographs?

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I have been feeling mommy guilt lately for not having more of our memories printed. I know that hard drives can fail, files can be corrupted, and a printed back-up is crucial to ensure the survival of these photos! A few weeks ago I decided to print photos from Cameron’s grandmother’s recent visit. Sitting down with my kids and looking through that book was such a joy! They excitedly talked about the memories from the visit and about how much they missed grandma. We got a second copy to send to her and I hope she loves it as much as we do! I now have a goal of getting at least one book printed for each year we have been a family.

These documentary photos of every day family life are the ones that make my heart sing. I love to celebrate the individual personality of each of the subjects that I photograph. I love knowing that each image tells a story and keeps alive a beautiful memory. I would love to be able to do this for your family. Let me spend a morning, an evening, or even a full day capturing those special moments that tell the every day story of your life.

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