Shooting family generations makes me reflect on the past, to think about how I grew up and the influences in my life and wonder about the stories of the generations I don’t know.
I have been blessed with generations of amazing women who taught by example what it is to be a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. These women have influenced my life in more ways than can be described. They formed in my own heart a love for my husband and my children long before I ever knew them. From the time I was a little girl, their stories of yesterday planted deep within me what family means. My grandmother told many stories, not all of which were filled with love and laughter. It is through the tough times many lessons are learned, and strong bonds formed. I am grateful for the times we had together; so many stories told over a bowl and purple fingers from shelling purple hull peas.
It’s sad I was too young at the time to have the appreciation I do today. I wish my grandmother knew what an impression she left with me. Maybe in her heart she did, but I still can’t help wishing I could tell her. She never had the opportunity to see me become the wife and mother that I am. I like to think that she watches over us, smiling with purple fingers and a heart filled with pride (most of the time anyway!).
Family portraits are invaluable as time goes by, becoming more important than they are today. Without them what would we share with our children and grandchildren? The stories are told, but there is something really special about being able to see family members you never knew in an old photograph as you reflect on your family history.
I am just as guilty as many moms are about being in photographs. As mothers, we are usually taking the photograph, instead of being in the photograph. But as I reflect, a realize how important it is to book a family portrait session to document your family as they change. Don’t let life pass you by and find yourself looking back without them.