My husband's grandma came up for a visit to the snowy north last month and while she was here, she approached me about taking her photos. After a couple of conversations in trying to determine "why" she wanted me to take her portraits, she finally tells me "I want something sassy. You know, sassy pictures." I still couldn't picture what an 84-year-old "sassy" image would look like, so I dug further. Finally, she gave me a serious foundational answer: "I want something for my children to remember me by." Wow. That struck me. I had never once thought that this might be a desire or a wish for these grandparents/great grandparents who are a part of what is known as "The Greatest Generation." But it made sense. Because pretty soon, her life will either be in a long term care home or a hospital bed, and when would we gather around to take one last picture of her? By her bedside because no one thought to capture her while she was physically and mentally able to be who she really is. And what are the types of images that end up on the funeral or memorial bulletins? Ones that we've had to dig for that might be 10 years old because it's a "good" picture of her. Why is it good? It's "good" because it captures her essence...her personality...her spark. It captures who she was.
Now, my husband's grandma is really unique. If she didn't have the physical limitations of an 84-year-old body, let me tell you...she'd be sky diving while sipping on a latte at the same time. She is THAT grandma. And we love her. Because she was here for a visit and I couldn't capture her at her home, in her garden, or in her everyday life, etc., we had a studio session. Here are some examples from that session where we captured her personality...
...and her beautiful smile.
And then I started thinking "What about my grandmas? What about other grandparents from this generation?"
And so, I am launching "For Generations to Come..." by Blueberry Creek Photography, a portrait program designed to capture WHO your parents or grandparents really are before their physical or mental state takes them down a different path. If you or your loved one are lots of fun, we can have fun. If you or your loved one like to fish, quilt, farm, garden, all of that can be captured. It's a session about you for those who will come after you.
There are 2 laid back, peaceful areas that the shoot can take place: on location or in my studio. On location captures you in your element, reading, quilting, farming, fishing, crocheting, cooking, baking, wood working, gardening, etc. In my studio captures you with some of your personal items such as your Bible, your fishing pole, your crochet hooks, your favorite mixing bowl. In a relaxing setting of your choice that lasts approximately 45 minutes, the focus is on you.
In either setting, you can choose:
- 10 images
- 8.5" x 8.5" softcover album that includes extra pages to answer some questions such as
"Did you have any huge goals in life? Did you achieve them?"
"Do you have a special place of retreat?"
"What was the best trip you ever took with your children?"
- 7 images a la carte
All of us have that one mental image of a departed loved one forever etched in our memory. Why not capture yours for generations to come?