This year has been a bit rough for me and my family. I lost my mom in August of 2017 and not one day goes by that I don’t look at her photos. When I was planning her memorial, I realized that I didn't have any portraits of my mom by herself. Sure, we had a few snapshots with our phones while she was cooking or hanging out, but not a professional one. She always made sure I took portraits of the grand kids every year, so she would have them, but I regret not making her take one of herself. I mean, I’m the professional, why wouldn't I have her jump in for a few shots with the kids. She always told me, "No no, it’s ok take one of the kids. "Im not dressed" or I have no makeup on.
Well guess what I don't care what you look like, I just want to see you.
We used a screenshot photo from her cellphone for her memorial photo. I beat myself up for not having her take a nice portrait, my mom was so beautiful.
Therefore, I try so hard to educate everyone on the importance of portraits, heirloom items and our legacy. When we pass on, what are we leaving our family, our children and grandchildren. The only thing that is important is seeing a portrait of our loved ones, not money, jewelry, or clothing. I've written about this time and time again, and I understand we all get busy.
When I gave the portrait to my mom, I had it framed, and we hung it up on a wall that she looked at everyday before she went to her room. She was so proud of this portrait, but unfortunately, she only had a month to enjoy it before she passed away.
This is what is important, this is what we need, family portraits and heirloom prints. In 2018 I will have a 3 part series that will allow you and your family to take your family legacy portraits.