I was going through the portraiture I've been able to digitize this year and realized that the last portrait I have with both my grandmother and I in it is from 1976. Yup. 40 years ago. I was an infant and just home from the hospital. (Now Mom, before you get upset I know that you have a few more in baby books 'my mom truly is the best at photographic archiving, folks and I couldn't be more grateful', I just don't have them in hand to digitize and restore just yet.)
Oh I could go on and on about what my grandmother means to me. Oh my goodness. Your grandmother is your best, and sweetest, and most heartfelt friend. Mine have been anyway, my entire life. My father's mother passed away 12 years ago so sadly, I don't have much in the way of portraiture of and with her beyond childhood but you can bet that those pictures I do have, mean more to me than my house. They are my history.
The more current image above was taken a couple of years ago on a visit. Why I didn't think to capture us together, I'll never know. I kick myself over it constantly. My mom and I were talking recently and have decided that when I'm visiting again for the holidays, we are going to shoot the three of us together. Heart. Melt.
So, why am I sharing this with you today? Because I know how important it is for me to have portraiture with my mom, with my grandmother. None of us are promised tomorrow, not you, not me, nobody is. I want you to take a long hard look at your walls, at your precious memories and, if your grandparents are still with you, I urge you strongly to book in a shoot with them. One day none of us will be here and what we leave behind for the people that love us is so important.
Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. 'Be still' they say. 'Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.
You know what? I just realized that I do have one of the three of us. It was taken about 12 years ago at a Walmart...let's see if I can dig that out...hang with me folks!
Here it is! Now, don't kill me. It is a picture OF a picture because I framed it. It's sepia tones with a white border even. Unlike our studio, Wally World didn't give digital files with their portraits then.
Run. Don't walk. If your parents and grandparents are still in your life, book a shoot. It will be the greatest gift you ever own.