When my Nana found out that I'd secured a studio in Tacoma, she asked to come model for me. While she may have very well been joking, I took her up on the chance to do what I'd so deeply regretted not asking to do before Papa died. I gave her a modern day portrait session.
It got me thinking, why is it we don't take more photos of our grandparents? Do you have either a modern or classic portrait of your parents or grandparents? I have photos of birthdays, anniversaries, etc. and thankfully, my grandpa insisted on getting their photos done every anniversary. Just a 5 minute, simple portrait but those mean the world to me.
We celebrate births with birth, fresh 48 and newborn photography. We celebrate first birthdays with cake smashes and portrait sessions. We celebrate kids growing up with school photos; graduation from high school with senior portraits; engagements, weddings, first anniversaries, women's empowerment. We celebrate all of these milestones over the course of our lives.... but when do we celebrate our seniors?
The truth is, we should celebrate them every single day. These are the men and women who raised us; who loved us at our worst and forgave our biggest mistakes. These are our parents and grandparents, the grandparents and great-grandparents of our children; the ones who gave us life, who picked us up when we fell down and sometimes the ones who laid there with us when we couldn't get back up. They deserve to be celebrated.
Going forward, my goal is to photograph 2-3 seniors a month. If you know someone who would enjoy (or not) a short session to help with my personal project, please shoot a message to email@example.com