Do you have favorite memories with your grandparents?
What's Your Story? A documentary photography session with my grandma to photograph her life.
Now that you have tackled challenge number ONE (and if you haven't, go do it), it's time to think of some ways to get those memories preserved. Some stories just come naturally, but some take careful planning.
Documenting the elderly in a family history photography sessionCapturing my family history and preserving those memories before they are gone.
My grandmother is a shopper. She will shop and buy all kinds of things. I can't count the items in her house that came in a box that said "As seen on TV" on it. Oh, and she leaves the tag on everything so you know what a "great" deal she got. Of all the things she loves to shop for, clothes take the top prize. She has an entire outdoor shed dedicated to her clothes. Many still have the tags on them, either from the store or the thrift shop, and that tag has started to yellow with age.
Grandma will be 90 years old this spring. My father recently moved her and her boxes and boxes and boxes of clothes closer to him. The move wasn't easy, and letting go hasn't been so easy either. I wanted to tell her story of where her life is right now, and preserve the memory of Grandma and her things.
Family history photography sessionDocumenting the elderly and their prized possessions. Family history photography sessionDocumenting the elderly and their prized possessions.
I planned this session to tell this story. I took both an oral (totally amatuer video coming soon} and visual history of my grandmother to pass down to my kids, so they can remember Great Grandma. She is on my short list of important people in my life, so I created the opportunity to capture those memories.
Here is your next challenge: Look at your list from the last challenge, think about those people in your list. What opportunities can you create to invite me along to capture your memories? Do you have Sunday afternoon dinners with all of the family? What about that end of summer backyard BBQ? Does mom and daughter get together for holiday shopping? What about a family tradition such as decorating the house for the holidays, baking cookies or wrapping gifts? In the box below I want you to tell me about your ideal time spent with your favorite people. Then make sure you stop by the third challenge!
Send me your stories for one entry for a starbucks card and another entry for a grand prize family traditions session.
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