When I was two, my dad passed away in a plane crash. Being as young as I was, I don’t have any physical memories of him.
The only memory I have is a picture of him.
When I imagine my dad, this picture is what immediately comes to mind. For my entire life it sat on our entertainment system in this 8×10 golden frame. While I am so grateful for this picture of my dad, it breaks my heart to say that I do not have any pictures of just he and I. Sometimes that’s hard for me to believe. Out of all the boxes full of snapshots my family has, is there really no picture of just my dad and I? How about a family picture of all of us? Sadly, there isn’t.
In my parents’ defense, times were different and a family portrait meant going into an Olan Mills studio and trying to get a shot of everyone looking at the camera, smiling. I may have been lucky enough to have a traditional shot like that with my whole family had my dad lived longer, but seeing that I was so young – life had gotten in the way and we didn’t get any updated family pictures before his passing. I used to get so sad not having a picture of just my dad and I, or even a family picture of all of us together, but over time those emotions have shifted. It is quite bittersweet.
My loss has provided me with a passion. A passion to capture the life around me while it’s still there. While I still have it. And that passion has further fueled me to capture the truth and love of other people’s family.
Your family is important to me, and the beauty in your everyday life deserves to be remembered.
Sometimes it’s not always exciting; the kids are driving you a little nuts, your baby still isn’t on a sleep schedule, you don’t get much one-on-one time with your hunny anymore and you can’t remember the last time you had a day to focus on yourself (you’re not even sure if that’s because of mommy brain or if it’s really been that long). It’s hard work and you’re exhausted, but you love it and you would never trade it in for the world. It’s the life filling each of your days that, in the end, will mean the most…the small moments that shape yours and your family’s story.
I would love to tell your family’s story, give me a call to get started! 626-817-6324
Thank you to the wonderful Valentina Glidden for my photo
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P.P.S When I’m not photographing births and amazing families, I’m spending my time traveling the world. Be sure to click on the Instagram photos below to follow along on my adventures!