One paramount benefit experienced by photographers is that we are invited to witness and even participate in the most special moments of people’s lives. Pregnancies, weddings, new babies, milestones. If I ever lose sight of what a complete gift that is, someone on Craig’s List will be the lucky recipient of some fantastic, gently used camera equipment.
Sometimes I worry that I get too repetitive on this blog, or that maybe I just need to use a thesaurus once in a blue moon. I find myself always coming back to the phrase, “I had the privilege of photographing…”, followed by a description of who was in front of my lens that day. It may not be the most original way to express myself, but it’s certainly the most honest.
So, at the risk of once again sounding like a broken record, I had the privilege of photographing Doris. She is beyond lovely, quick to smile, and full of stories. She may have even managed to convert me from pancakes to waffles! It’s hard to believe that next month, this sassy lady will be celebrating birthday number 100! If that’s not a reason to celebrate, nothing is. I know she’s having at least 2 big parties. Personally, I think she should have 100 parties, but I suppose that idea is just fueled by my thoughts of 100 cakes.
I’m so thrilled that Anne brought me on board to take these photos of her, her grandmother, and her mom Annelle. Anne and I discussed how this would be a very different photo experience than what her mom and grandma were used to. It speaks volumes about these women that they were this friendly and trusting during the time we shared. A privilege, indeed.
Here’s the beautiful birthday girl.
Anne and I were a bit stumped when considering the location for our shoot. We ended up using the incredible home of my good friends Dave and DeAnn. Their place worked out so well, and it turns out that Dave and Anne had worked together on a project years ago. Fate is a sneaky and wonderful thing, isn’t it?
I have to admit that this next photo makes me a little sad that I never got to capture a moment like this with my grandma. However, that makes me even happier to have taken it for Anne and Doris.
Parts of our shoot were very emotional. It was a blatant demonstration of the strength and love these women share.
Have you ever seen a more fabulously sly grin?
Doris, next year when you turn 101….the waffles are on me!