Monday Musings: Why You Should Book an Heirloom Session
One of my big “resolutions” for the year is to live with intent. Be aware, make choices consciously, and get off the hamster wheel of life whenever possible. Life moves really quickly. Babies grow into teenagers, and parents grow into grandparents. The circle of life is inspiring, amazing, and down-right scary at times. Nobody wants to think about their loved ones dying, but it’s natural to think about it sometimes.
I have lost important people to me, and I know you have, too.
Not a day goes by that I don’t look at my girls and think, “WHY ARE YOU NOT HERE, MOMMY????” I want her to see them, to hold them, to love them, and maybe more importantly, I want my girls to see her, hold her, and love her.
And to be honest, I want to be held too most days:) See below, she was the definition of comfy!!! I miss those hugs!
I know that we will be reunited one day, and I know for sure that she lives on through me, through my sister, my brother, her grandchildren, her best friends and so much more. I know my deep and emotional way of loving my children comes straight from the nurturing I felt while spending the first 20 years of my life in her arms.
We grow older, and our kids grow older. We make sure we have pictures of the little ones, because they change so much, and we try to get in the photos too, because as you know, that’s really important to do, but I want to challenge you to think outside of the box.
If you are lucky to still have your mom, why not her? If you are lucky to still have your grandmother, why not her? What about a photo with your mom, you and your sister? Your mom, you, and your daughter? Aunts are also perfect do do a session with! What a gift to share with your children as they grow older! What a beautiful gift to give to your mother and grandmother now! Unfortunately for me, my one grandmother died before I was born, and the other died when I was a two-year-old. Before you feel terrible for me, I will let you know that though I wish I had them much, much longer, I am not alone, I have beautiful family and family friends who have stepped in and kept me sane, who have taught me how to be a mom, and who continue to talk me off the ledge when life gets to be too busy or a little scary.
But back to living with intent… if you are one of the lucky ones who still has those living ties, why not celebrate them? Does your mom hate being in the picture? I promise to make her comfortable! So far at these sessions we have worked around some things that have arisen:
-91-year-old great-grandfather isn’t as mobile as he used to be. No problem, I went to their house.
-30-something- year-0ld hates being in photos. No problem, I told jokes until I could get her to smile, I offered her a beer, and I threatened to tickle her! 🙂
-83-year-old mom hates her photo taken. No problem, I showed her photos as we went and talked with her during the session to help her relax.
This is just a sample of the ways we have made these sessions beautiful and comfortable. Later this month, I will be going to an assisted living + adult community to capture a mom and her two adult daughters- perfection!
I am really loving doing Heirloom portraits, and in a way, know that my mom, and grandmothers would completely love them, too!
Please call me or email me with any thoughts you have and I will help make this a beautiful experience with you! These sessions can be any combination ~ mothers/daughters/sisters/nieces, fathers/sons/nephews/grandsons, or, celebrating 43 years of marriage even!!