Gianna bounds into my life each fall so that I can have the joy of capturing a slice of who she is each year.
Each year when my kids were small we would celebrate Children’s Day… just seemed fair – they had celebrated Mother’s and Father’s Day! And so the tradition with grandchildren begins!
My face is happy, my heart is happy… I look around and see the remains of Layla, Thomas, Iris, and Luke. My children gave me a great Mother’s day gift – what I wanted was a picture of me with all four of my grandchildren. Craziness ensued. Shyness, finding the right place to sit, planes to see in the sky, trains to hear – so many things captured the fancy of all these sweeties under 4. And even rain came … but that did not deter us from the mission at hand. And so we got pictures.
Emerson wrote: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
There is a song I have come to love called “The One Who Knows” by Dar Williams. The story told within the lyrics is of a parent’s love and care for their child – how we know that our babies will grow and leave us one day – and that we understand our job is to give them the wings to fly away.
High School Seniors are wonderful to photograph. They usually are at my studio because their mom didn’t like the school photographer. Happy to be there but don’t often have much expectation for anything cool and different – or even anything at all.
Norcross High School Baseball Season begins again for 2010. It has been our pleasure to photograph their teams for 4 years. Good luck this season to the team!
One of the most amazing parts about my life as a photographer is the people I meet – in all phases of their lives. I write today in memory of a very special woman. I met Mary Brooks Sewell at a school fashion show several years ago at Berkeley Lake Elementary. She was someone who did not meet a stranger. Her love of her students and raising money for their school shone in her smile as she talked about the event we photographed.