Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Perry Family

    You may remember 300 Fan Giveaway from back in November. The lucky winner, Karen, won a complimentary session for her family.  After months of waiting, the weather finally provided the perfect early evening for portraits.  I met with Karen, Les, and Todd at Alameda Park in Butler, PA.  In talking with them I learned that they had not had portraits taken since her son was very young.  Isn't this the case with so many of us?  I know my family has not had portraits taken since Hayden was an infant, and he will be four in September!  Life gets crazy.  We put off family portraits for so many reasons, but in all of those waiting moments life is happening.  Our children are growing, we are getting older, things are changing.   I read a quote recently about how a photograph freezes a moment in time.  We almost never realize it in the moment, but years later we appreciate it more that we ever imagined.  I have a family photograph of my parents, my two sisters and myself.  In the portrait I'm about two.  It's been thirty-one years since that photo was taken, and everything about it has changed.  My parents are divorced and have been for a very long time.  My sisters and I have grown up and have families of our own.  The fashion scene of the early 80's has thankfully been replaced.  Still when I look at that photo I remember my dads starched blue shirt, my mom's big 80's hair, and the feeling of being a part of that family.  Wherever life takes me that story will always be a part of me, and I am so glad I have that photo to remember it.  I am equally glad that I was able to capture a part of the Perry family's story.  Their son Todd just turned 16.  In a few years he will be graduating and moving on to college.  Their family will change and shift as all families do.  I hope these portraits capture their family in a way that always reminds each of them that they are a part of something special.

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