Happy Mother's Day.
For Mother's Day, I wanted to send you a family photo. So today my post is about just that--Family Photos
Recollections of a Family Photo as a Child
If getting us there wasn't enough of a challenge, there was still the main event. The inevitable chaos of trying to get 8 energetic and now completely uncomfortable kids to listen to a total stranger, arrange them in a pose that felt somewhat unnatural at best. If all went well, she would get the prize--that one photo out of the dozen's taken, that captured everyone with broad grins and open eyes. I love this family photo which is attached and the moment from my past that it recreates. Not only does it make me smile when I see us in our late 70s or early 80s best, it also reminds me of the absolute or total chaos it must have been to arrange this. My mother was a saint to try. This was ultimately the best the photographer could get out of our motley crew.
Recollections of a Family photo as a Young Adult
An unusual opportunity to capture all of us on film together. Less formal. More in the moment. Life is more complicated now for each of us. The chaos of life is still present in the background, but it is no longer the struggle for the photo that is our greatest burden.
The photo is a chance to leave the chaos and burdens of our lives for a brief moment and to be together in the present. No worries about clashing colours or formal photo arrangements. Just a nice memory of wanting to be together and a reminder to keep our eyes open and smile in the present.
Recollections of a Family Photo as a Mother
Coordinating outfits, perfect background and the right window of opportunity.
It's mother's day.
Who could refuse to participate in a mother's only request for the day?
I've learned from my mother to seize the moment.
We're all dressed up for church so carpe diem and here's my chance.
I find a perfect backdrop and a friend who can focus my iphone in the right direction.
The perfect moment, yet there are still so many things that I can't control.
Friends are passing by our photo shoot and want to visit.
Eyes closed, finger in nose, wiggles and laughter.
It's simply impossible to get all eyes looking in the same direction.
A moment of realization--what I want is impossible.
The right backdrop.
The gleaming smiles and perfectly arranged life is unnatural.
There is no way to hold all the variables in perfect alignment.
Another moment of reflection.
This is life, pure and simple.
Let's capture it as it is. Real life is somehow more interesting. And the memories captured on film in the moment are actually the things I really want. Those memories stay with us forever.
Here is to more family photos.
Happy mother's day. 72 more photos to follow.