When I was going through some of my grandmother’s old photographs, I stumbled upon my grandfather’s dog tags from his service in World War II. Since my children never had the privilege of knowing their great grandfather, creating these portraits meant a lot to me. We talked a bit about who he was and what these metal plates were for. I know that they are still a little young to understand completely, but my hope is that a seed has been planted, and perhaps when they begin to learn about World War II in school, they will remember and want to know more. More about their great grandfather who risked his life serving his country, who thankfully came home.
Unfortunately, we were not able to go to the actual World War II memorial in Washington D.C. because of time and travel issues (besides it being closed due to the government shutdown). I would one day like to travel there and take along these tags, and his picture and tell my children more about my grandfather, the war, and world at that time. Until that time, I will cherish these portraits, as a way to bridge the gap between the generations that time would not allow to meet.
How can I help you connect your family with the past?
It is 2012 now. Hard to believe another year has flown by. I wanted to ring in the new year with a simple photo shoot, just to say I did. So, this is what I came up with. Rather simple, and I love that! I think I try too hard sometimes, and I need to remind myself to keep it simple. It’s fun to see what I can come up with, with a small amount of styling. So, here is what I came up with. I didn’t want it to be too “New Years”-y, I wanted it to be subtle. I hope you enjoy these images, and blessings to you and your family in the new year!
And below was the official one I posted to Facebook and Google+. I will be putting that one in their books for sure. Just love how it came out.
I recently had the pleasure of photographing this young lady for her one year birthday. The theme for this came from the dress she is wearing. It was her mothers when she was this age, so we just HAD to use it on her! We had originally did this session in the summer for her sitting up session, bit it was so HOT and I just didn’t like the set up. Ideas started forming, so we decided to re-do the session for her one year portraits, and be able to make it more pretty. I am so glad we did! From now on, I am going to request to see pictures of the outfits, or see them in person, if someone wants a session like this. That way, I can style the session appropriately. I had so much fun styling this session too, that I might start offering that option!