Life seems to just race by- photographs freeze that time. The wonderful yet sometimes difficult life that we are living. People continue to ask me why I decided to become a photographer. Well, I do it not only because I want to help freeze memories for people but it's something that I truly love to do! This past week, I was in a nursing home taking Christmas pictures of families for their Christmas Cards. I loved every moment of it! Traditionally, I have always taken pictures of families, newborns, maternity sessions, engagements, events, etc. I have never offered pictures to senior citizens and/or their families. My mother in law, Denise, gave me the idea, and I thought, "Hey, why not!"
Well- I did it! It was wonderful yet so very tearful for me! There were numerous times that my eyes weld up with tears. There were so many picture perfect moments that I wanted to freeze! As I watched the expressions on the faces of the sons and daughters hug their parents, my heart felt an overwhelming feeling of joy, happiness and sadness, all at the same time. These children loved their parents. The grandchildren gleamed as they sat on their grandpa's lap. Daughters and son's admired their Mom and/or Dad sitting in the chair next to them. I know that they have been apart of so many pictures with their loved ones up to this point. Who's to say that the pictures that I was about to take may possibly be some of the last. This was what broke my heart. I wanted so badly to take hundreds of pictures of each of these families. I wanted to give them memories of this Christmas that they can hold onto and cherish for years to come. This was a different kind of photography for me. It was the hardest kind yet.
As I watched my last session of the day arrive, I couldn't help but recognize the similarities of Mr. S in my Granddad, my Dads Dad! As he was helped out of his wheel chair and into the big beautiful chair in-front of the Christmas Tree he stuck out his finger and pointed at me, just as my Granddad did the last time I was with him in his nursing home. I wanted to jump into his lap and hug him! He was so sweet and at the very moment, I knew my Granddad was looking down on me smiling.
Since this photo session, I feel like my Granddad has had a special job in helping me be the photographer I am today. When he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, I made a special photo album for him of pictures of each person in our family. I wanted to help him bring back the memories that he had with each of us. I know he is Heaven smiling down on me now- loving each memory that he had with each of us and as he watches new memories made. As hard as it was for me to get through that photo shoot- I loved every moment of it. That family now has pictures in front of a beautiful Christmas Tree with the Dad that they love so dearly. The Dad that made so many memories with his family. Thank you, Lord for giving me this passion. Thank you for allowing me to capture memories for others.
Granddad- I now know that you had a part in turning me into the photographer that I am today. You have lead me to a job that I love so dearly! Not only did I try to capture memories for you when you were sick, but I now capture memories for others!
Thank you Granddad- Thank you for leading me to the dream that I have been lead too!
I am so Beautifully Blessed by my amazing family and friends! I look forward to capturing so many memories for years to come.
I love you, Granddad!