If you’ve ever looked for a great image of your Mom, (I’m thinking Mother’s Day here) only to find that either she’s nowhere to be found, or the snaps you find of her are blurry, don’t represent who she really is, (or was), she’s half hidden by Aunt Rose or making a silly face for the camera…then you’ll appreciate what I have to impart. Legacy photography focuses on making the most of her time in front of the camera. We want to not only capture her grace and beauty, no matter her age, but to also create a moment in time where she is looking back at you, engaging you as if she’s physically right there in front of you. We know we can’t go back in time, but we can hold that moment when she’s feeling beautiful and special – and the focus is specifically on her. How often has she been snapped at birthday parties or mugged for the camera with bad hair, no makeup and an awful outfit you’ve never seen since. Or She’s not in the image at all because she’s was the one taking the picture! This is her time to shine. Having photographs for all time of the two, three or four of her daughters with her all happy and embracing is certainly priceless. And so is the time in which you’re creating those images on that special day. It doesn’t happen very often, if ever. I want to change that.
On this particular day, at long last, I managed to get this mother and daughter into the studio for their shoot. Mom is 86 and time was of the essence. I met them in my Zumba class and it only took 1 year after they saw and were impressed with my before and after images that they found the time and inclination to do this. It was a great day with lots of laughing and affection and I think it shows in these images just how much they love each other. I’m proud to say that an enlargement hangs in a place of honor in their home for all to see. Isn’t that what we’d like for all our moms? A legacy to treasure and make us smile.