I know I say this a lot but one of my favorite sessions to do is multi-generational sessions. I just have always loved them. Even before I was a Photographer, as a little girl i was just drawn to the old black and white photos of different generations captured in one portrait. There is just something indescribable about it.
Forgive my trip down memory lane: I remember capturing a quick snapshot years ago at my cousins wedding of my grandma, my mother, my sister, and my niece. It wasn’t great lighting, they didn’t have coordinating outfits, I couldn’t even tell you if they were all smiling, but when I think back to portraits of my now passed away grandmother, that photo is one of the first ones that comes to mind. The second is a photo I snapped over her shoulder at a family reunion of her beautifully aged hands, working steadily on something she was knitting. Across from her on the other couch were two of her daughters doing the same thing. They were working a little faster, they didn’t have to strain their eyes quite so much to count the stitches, but looking at their hands was like scrolling back the hands of time. I looked at my own hands and could imagine that in just a few decades they will look like theirs, and a few decades more, they will most likely resemble grandmas.
It’s those little details that I love capturing in the Multi Generational Sessions. Those small, sometimes unnoticed, traits that carry from one generation to the next. And sometimes it’s not even something that can be seen in the photos but more felt in the session. In any case, the greatest joy and honor of it all for me is to be able to capture a small moment in the beautiful lives of a family. A family with a story that spans decades. A story made up of several lives with their own stories within the same story. And just as precious is the story that has yet to unfold. The glimmer and sparkle in the eyes of the youngest generation who has their whole life before them, just bursting with anticipation of what the pages of their story will tell.
Samantha- Thank you so much for the honor of getting to capture the joy and love of your sweet family. It is an honor and privilege I do not take lightly. As I look back at what I know of the pages of your family’s story (all 4 generations) one thing is for sure- You ALL are one strong family. A family that doesn’t give up. A family that doesn’t back down from a challenge. A family I am honored to have as part of MY life. I am so excited for you as you prepare to welcome yet another chapter in your life. I can’t wait to meet little mister and hopefully get to capture a few more sweet moments with you all. I pray that as the moments of your story continue to unfold, God continues to lead and guide and bless the steps you take. Thank you again so much for letting me be a small part of your lives.