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Saturday, December 25, 2010

The greatest gift

My parents hate having their photo taken, and they have passed this trait down to me. Most photographers prefer to  be behind the camera, most people I meet hate to be in front of the camera, it is a pretty universal feeling. However, what I love more than anything are my  photos, the ones of my grandparents, or my mom as a little girl at the beach. The pictures that tell the story of a time & a place I have never been... I love those. They aren't professional photos, they aren't staged or posed, they are cherished memories.  

Last year at a photography conference, I listened to David Williams speak about the importance of family photos, there wasn't a dry eye in the room. I left the conference determined to get my own family portrait because after thinking about it... I didn't have one.

This was the only professional family photo I could think of; it is about 30 years old, no parents, my how we have grown. This is the photo that stayed on my father's dresser for 30 years. I love my brother Joe's plaid jacket, classic.

There was one professional family photo taken, I almost forgot. This is the most anti-Squillacote picture of all time. My family will probably kill me for posting this on the internet, I  am thinking of sending it in to the akward family photo website. There is so much awesomeness in this photo, I don't know where to begin.

These are the outdated photos that are still on my dad's dresser. Really??? No really, a 20 year old picture of me in an ugly blue bridesmaids dress. My brother's senior high school photos, also 20 years old. I think it is time for some new pictures...

This  past summer, I passed my camera off to my friend, and we did the family photo.
For everyone who thinks their family is the worst behaved, crazy  clients, you're not,  my family takes the cake.  Despite our craziness, our squinty eyes, and our inability to all look at the camera and smile, we managed to get a few keepers. For me, this Christmas, my favorite gift, is my family, and our "first" family portrait.

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