"If we know where we came from, we may know better where to go. If we know who we came from, we may better understand who we are."
80th birthdays are a big deal. Especially if you don't even know you're having one.
A friend told me about the surprise birthday party she and her family were throwing for their grandma "Patsy." This friend gets me and my love of documentary photography. She understands the needing to capture the real and the life and the emotion and the relationships.
So of course I said "heck yes!" when she asked me to come document the day.
This little scene right here... oh man. Somebody whispered to me "you might want to get this... they haven't seen each other in a long time." I didn't really know much more, so I just snapped away. Come to find out, these two are best buddies and haven't been able to see each other for 5 years. She and her husband drove all the way from Kentucky to surprise their bud.
Let me tell ya.... Mrs. Patsy was having a time holding back the tears, and so was I.
But this.... this is the reason I believe so much in documentary photography. The sweet emotion of the moment will forever be captured for this family to look back on and cherish. They'll always be able to remember how they were able to help bring a smile to their grandma's face that lit up the room, a smile they may not have seen in a while.
There were so many people streaming in through the door, lots of hugs, and kisses, and tons of laughter.
Fun part for me was when one of the guests came up to me with a quizzical look on his face and said "now who are you?" Probably thinking he'd lost his mind and forgotten a family member. (I should have played along and picked on him...) Instead, I told him "oh I'm just the photographer."
He said... "Oh no! You're not JUST the photographer. See all these photos on the table? You're helping us capture our memories!"
I about hugged him and simultaneously jumped for joy... then he really would have thought I was crazy. But he GOT it! His comment will fuel me for a long time to come. Thank you sir, you have no idea how much that meant.
I hope you can see through this post and session the love I have for photos, especially family memories in the form of photographs.
I absolutely love capturing the life and love between the people, and helping preserve their memories for a lifetime and longer, maybe even for their grandchildren to see.
If you're wanting to know more about documentary photography or even want to go ahead and get a session scheduled, contact me so we can chat!