Charlotte Manning Photography: Blog http://www.charlottemanningphotography.com/blog en-us (C) 2018 Charlotte Manning Photography All Rights Reserved (Charlotte Manning Photography) Sun, 03 Jun 2018 19:54:00 GMT Sun, 03 Jun 2018 19:54:00 GMT http://www.charlottemanningphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u373279858-o956109545-50.jpg Charlotte Manning Photography: Blog http://www.charlottemanningphotography.com/blog 91 120 Milan Community Fair Fireworks http://www.charlottemanningphotography.com/blog/2018/6/milan-community-fair-fireworks My family and I look forward to the Milan Community Fair fireworks every year.  I like to think of them as the unofficial start of summer!! 

It's even better that we can see them from our backyard, which means no having to pack up chairs, blankets, snacks and the wagon, oh and all four kids to venture to a park to wait and then pack back up and then wait in traffic to get back home.  Haha.  I was going to also list bug spray, but we needed that too.  Hopefully you got the idea... 

Anyway, this year they were just as beautiful as ever!  Sometimes, when we have "family things", I elect to leave my camera behind just because I find it difficult to be 100% present while behind the lens.  BUT, this year, with all the kids camped out on our new trampoline, and my promise to my rec & ed class, I set up my camera and had a lot of fun!  

Next year you should check them out, too!  You can even visit the fair beforehand, which is always fun.  

 

Here are a couple of my favorite images... 

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Best of 2017 http://www.charlottemanningphotography.com/blog/2017/12/best-of-2017 ...as I compile my best of images for 2017, I feel overcome with gratitude for all of my clients this year. I'm also thankful for friends and family for all their referrals and support!! My business would not have done as well as it did without each and every one of you.  💜💜💜

I have taken all the kind words on my images and reviews on here held them so close to my heart. See, what many of you may not know is that I almost gave up on this, at this exact time in 2016. After a year of a rough pregnancy and subsequent health issues, my business faded, and in this industry, if you don't stay IN, it's hard to stay busy. I was even more afraid of 2017 and what it would mean for my business.

BUT, some very special people believed in me and believed in my business... and I ended 2017 with one of my best years since I've been in business!! 2017 taught me a lot about myself. I made new clients (even made some new friends), and really pushed myself and my craft. 

I am SO thankful and my heart is so full. So thank you. Thank all of you for the likes, the follows, the comments and the referrals. My small business is growing and it's all owed to you. 

I can't wait to see what 2018 will bring. I hope to work with you all again soon, and hopefully meet some of your family and friends.  😎

Have a safe and happy New Year!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

 

 

here are some of my favorite reviews from this year, too!

"Charlotte is wonderful! She was super flexible for scheduling (and rescheduling when the weather was not cooperative), easy to work with and the pictures she gave us are priceless! She made a dreary cold day look so beautiful I can’t even believe it. thank you Charlotte!!!" -JA

 

"I loved my pictures and had a pretty great time working with you to create the terrific pictures that you took of me. Your sense of humor really helped set the mood for an outstanding photo session! Thanks!" -DS

 

"Thank you so much Charlotte for the amazing senior pictures of Grace! I would highly recommend Charolette Manning photography. She listened to all of our request and far exceeded our expectations. So pleased, wonderful work with attention to detail." -AP

 

"Charlotte's photos from our wedding turned out amazing. She made everyone feel comfortable the day of the wedding. Leading up to the wedding she answered all of my questions (and there were many) promptly and took great care in helping to plan our day. I would recommend Charlotte to anyone, and would love to work with her again!" -LG

 

"My fiancé and I just did engagement photos with Charlotte last Saturday! Not only did Charlotte make me feel super comfortable (I get anxious) but she also made the experience fun! We got our photo previews so quick and less than a week we got the rest of our photos! I love how fun and unique she made our photos and how excited we are for her to shoot our wedding!!!" -LR

 

"Charlotte's work is spectacular! Charlotte was my photographer at my wedding, and caught some really special moments. Charlotte also did my family pictures. Whatever the photography moment may be, Charlotte always makes it fun and relaxing. Charlotte has an eye for special moments. I love Charlotte's ideas when it comes to different ideas for pictures. My kids tend to be brats when it is time for pictures, like most, but Charlotte took the stress off of me, and took over. We actually got pictures back of our kids smiling! Charlotte is the photographer to choose. " -RG

 

 

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THANK YOU http://www.charlottemanningphotography.com/blog/2017/12/thank-you

 

"When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance"

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Dax | 1st Birthday http://www.charlottemanningphotography.com/blog/2017/11/dax-1st-birthday Earlier this month I travelled to Howell, MI to capture a sweet little guys 1st birthday!!  I enjoy these type of events because it gives me a chance to wander and wait for candid moments.  It really teaches you how to be patient, especially if someone notices you and instantly tenses or smiles awkwardly haha.  If you wait long enough, people tend to forget you are there, and then BAM, they giggle or smile genuinely.  I LOVE these moments.  I enjoyed all of that in conjunction with getting to capture fun photos of the super cute fishing themed items at the party-- incredibly adorable!!  

 

Here are some of my favorite images from that day.  

 

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Abston Family - Dundee, MI http://www.charlottemanningphotography.com/blog/2017/11/abston-family After Michigan threw us a curveball full of wind and rain, the Abston Family and I rescheduled for an early morning session the following week... and man!!!  this was a fabulous decision!  As a photographer- the morning light (although cloudy-- hello natural diffusion aka clouds) was beautiful and we managed to work ahead of the rain coming through!  As a mom- it worked out well with the little ones being awake and attentive, instead of tired and hungry at the end of a day session!  I definitely hope to do another morning session like this one again!  

 

Jessica got in touch with me with an urgent need for photos for holiday cards, naturally I replied, I can do that!!   Even with the delay due to weather, I was able to deliver images within a week.  Thankfully, she made my job super easy and her family was so sweet and fun to work with-- I enjoyed every minute! 

 

For this session, I ventured to Dundee and we spent time outside in their backyard... what an amazing fall backdrop, I might add!!  I really enjoy sessions in a place thats comfortable for my clients, especially with little kids!!  It's easier for all of us to be able to capture them in their normal "habitat" and everyone seems a bit more at ease... it allows for so many more candid and relaxed images!

Curious to hear what she thought of the session experience and the final images?  She left me this review on Facebook:

"Charlotte is wonderful! She was super flexible for scheduling (and rescheduling when the weather was not cooperative), easy to work with and the pictures she gave us are priceless! She made a dreary cold day look so beautiful I can’t even believe it.  Thank you Charlotte!!!"

These are all important things to consider when it comes time to book your own session with me!  

Where would I be most comfortable?  Where would be the most convenient?  What kind of backdrop do I have available?  What time is best?

 

I look forward to more sessions with this family and others looking for a more "lifestyle" photography session!

 

Here are some of my favorite images from this session!

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CMP PHOTO SERIES | Print That Photo PART 3 http://www.charlottemanningphotography.com/blog/2017/10/print-that-photo-part-3 I have decided to do a three part series on printing images and why you should do it!  I often feel like I have to justify my reasoning for including prints and print credits in each of my collections, and so I decided a photo series/blog would explain why I want people to have photos, why I print my photos.  

Here is the first and second parts of the series on why you should Print That Photo.

 

HERE IS PART 3 OF THE SERIES

I wanted to spend this last part talking more about prints and labs and sizes-- all the details.  

This series has been about why you should print your photos.  I hope I have helped in persuading you to do just that and you're ready to order some of your images!  Now, when it comes time to order, sometimes clients are unsure on what size to print.  I have created a print size comparison to help make that a bit easier which you can see below.  

Also, here are my favorite sizes to print:

           WALL:  11x14

           TABLETOP: 8x10 and 5x7

You can see the full print size comparison in one of my previous blog posts here.  

 

Now, I was to take it one step further and say, print your photos WITH ME.  Here's why...

You work hard on coordinating outfits and looking your best.  Putting your best face forward.  I work hard on posing, lighting, and editing.  You pay me to give you great photographs!  There is no reason for all of that personal and monetary investment to go to waste when you decide to print images at a lab that doesn't print them correctly (or leave them on a hard drive if you still haven't printed your photos yet).  

This is why, as many of you know, I require print orders before I release digital downloads or send out a USB.  The requirement is small in comparison to the investment of the session, but I insist that all of my clients have at least a couple beautifully printed photographs.  I say that and some may wonder, why can't I print where I want to?!  

Let's set it up this way... say you have a car that needs a battery and has four flat tires.  So, you take it to a shop and get a new battery.  Then, to save money you decide to leave the flat tires.  Why?  Well, to save money and technically it runs, right?  It can go slow, right?  No, of course not.  You have to invest on every aspect to have a safe driving vehicle right?  Okay, maybe my analogies are kind of lame, but you get the idea.  If you are going to invest in a professional photography session, then you need to print your images beautifully.  No sense in leaving them on a hard drive or low-quality printing them.  You won't like them, I won't like them, no one will like them...don't sabotage your investment!  

I, just like you, want the photograph printed just as you prepared for and I created-- all the vibrant colors and all the details..  I don't want you to take the images and get a second rate print when you develop them at Walmart or Snapfish.  I know for a fact that they will come back off color, not as sharp and not nearly as high quality as my labs.  Not only that, but just as I stand behind every session and my images, I also stand behind every print and product I offer on my galleries-- if you are unhappy, let's make it right!  I can't do anything about the images you print somewhere else, and you often get what you pay for.  Also, the images you print as a lesser lab also represent ME, and MY work and business.  I cringe at the thought of horribly printed Walmart images being shown with my name attached.  

But don't worry, I have a solution... or a couple!  Here's a little bit of my personal experience with cheaper labs:  Snapfish prints a bit green or pink.  Shutterfly prints a bit washed out and yellow.  Sam's club prints very yellow and darker.  You get the idea...  First and foremost, I strongly encourage you to order from my gallery.  I offer credits and/or coupon codes with each gallery to help make this more affordable.  But, let's say your session was awhile ago, coupons were used or you just want to quickly print more... you can go to www.mpix.com and print!  They are a reputable consumer lab that will, at the very least, print better than most of the cheaper ones.  

 

Photographs capture the spirit of its subject.  Photographs preserve a memory.  Photographs can be handed down throughout generations.  Photographs serve as a token for a free ride back in time, and allow for sweet conversations with loved ones as they remember.  Photographs are the final product of your session, not something to skimp on.  

Professional, or candid...PRINT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS.  PRINT AND SHARE YOUR MEMORIES.


 

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Fall Mini Session http://www.charlottemanningphotography.com/blog/2017/10/fall-mini-session

 

Hey There!

Fall is the perfect time to book a session, not only for the colors but they are perfect for holiday cards and gifts!  Have you booked a session yet??  Don't stress-- there is still time to get your session done with me in time for the holidays!   

If you are interested, please email me today to reserve your spot!

 

Here are my available dates and times:

11/3 :  5:30pm, 6:00pm

11/4 :  5:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:00pm

11/5 : 5:30pm, 6:00pm

 

These dates will go quickly, so don't hesitate!

If you would like to book a session but cannot make any of these times work, I do offer 20% off booking pricing to all returning clients AND referred clients.  

 

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CMP PHOTO SERIES | Print That Photo PART 2 http://www.charlottemanningphotography.com/blog/2017/10/cmp-photo-series-print-that-photo-part-2 I have decided to do a three part series on printing images and why you should do it!  I often feel like I have to justify my reasoning for including prints and print credits in each of my collections, and so I decided a photo series/blog would explain why I want people to have photos, why I print my photos.  

Here is the first part of the series on why you should Print That Photo.

HERE IS PART 2 OF THE SERIES

My mom and dad were married in the summer of 1985.  My mom had an absolutely stunning lace dress, one that would is most certainly back in style today. My dad wore white, and looked dapper from head to toe.  How do I know this, you ask?  I've seen beautiful and well preserved wedding photographs in wedding albums!!  

I'm so thankful for the images I have of their wedding day.  There's something so sweet about seeing your parents in love and happy on the day they married.  Before kids and life, and in my case, death.  These photographs have become incredible keepsakes, not only for me and my sister but for our children.  My oldest loved seeing grandma in her pretty white dress.  

I really loved showing my mom the photos I had and hearing about her day.  It was a special moment I will carry in my heart forever, and it most definitely wouldn't have happened had I not had those printed photographs.  

She told me about her day, about her aunts being silly, and even how my cousin captured some of the images.  Just thinking back to it now makes my heart all warm and fuzzy.  

My parents wedding photographer was Mike Schleyer.  He is their cousin and my second cousin (I think?)-- hooray for big family trees! Haha.  His images are incredible and I am in awe of his talent and so thankful for his work.  Can you imagine, in the age of film only- how much talent and technique it would have taken to capture in-focus, well exposed and composed images?!  Today, we can shoot, look, and reshoot if necessary.  We have cameras that tell us when the image needs focusing or adjustments for exposure.  Heck, you can even put your camera in auto mode (I DON'T RECOMMEND THIS) and capture decent images.  Film photographers are the real MVP's of the world of photography!   If you really want to dig deep into the photography world, I highly encourage you to venture into film photography.  The learning curve is a bit more difficult, but it gives you an incredible opportunity to really understand how a camera works, and how film is developed, and how prints are made.  I am so thankful for my time in college learning all of this-- it is invaluable!  

Speaking of his technique... did you know... he used a glass to capture the one image of my mom and the other of both my parents, with the white bokeh effect?!  My mom said he legit put a glass against his lens and captured the imaged through it.  So much creativity!!  

**I wanted to reiterate... these images are from Mike Schleyer, I only watermarked the images I took of his photos (that seems like a mouthful), so they cannot be reproduced without his consent**

Photographs capture the spirit of its subject.  Photographs preserve a memory.  Photographs can be handed down throughout generations.  Photographs serve as a token for a free ride back in time, and allow for sweet conversations with loved ones as they remember.

Professional, or candid...PRINT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS.  PRINT AND SHARE YOUR MEMORIES.


 

 

 

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Senior Portrait Experience http://www.charlottemanningphotography.com/blog/2017/9/senior-portrait-experience ann arbor senior portrait photographer

 

I am now booking for fall Senior Portrait Experiences for all 2018 Seniors!!

Please inquire for details but here's the gist of it...

 

2-3 hour session $350 within 30 miles of Ann Arbor, $400 elsewhere

-no limit on poses, outfits or locations (but drive time is included in overall session time!)

-all edited images are placed on a gallery for viewing, sharing and print ordering... once you order prints, ALL of the images are yours to keep!

 

$50 print credit on print order of $150 or more  

 

 

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Grace {2018 Senior} http://www.charlottemanningphotography.com/blog/2017/9/grace-2018-senior Earlier this month I traveled to Waterford, MI to spend some time with a 2018 Senior!  

 

We went to this super amazing park-- like, legit a dreamy place that ANY photographer would love!!  I don't even know the name, but it was like a mini town complete with a vintage gas station and even a train on tracks!!  We spent a couple of hours there, and to be honest, I think I could have spent all day there with my camera.  I hope to return there again some time soon!

Grace was a blast to hang out with, and as the session progressed, she really opened up in front of the camera.  She was truly a stunning and funny person to have in front of my camera and I enjoyed every second of it.  I'm glad she was up for any ideas on posing or going here there and everywhere in this park, and I have no doubt having a personality like that will get her far in life.  Congrats on being (almost) done with high school, Grace, and best wishes in your college years!  

 

Here are some of my favorite images from our session experience together.  

 

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Jason & Laura http://www.charlottemanningphotography.com/blog/2017/9/jasonandlaura In August, I had the pleasure of capturing a wedding in the Howell/Brighton area.  I first connected with the bride back in November when she booked her wedding with me.  I had fun talking with her via email over the summer while she planned and wrapped up the timeline and such.  

I had such a fun time throughout the day capturing Jason and Laura's day, alongside their family and friends.  I enjoyed hearing about their love story through the eyes of the Matron of Honor, the Best Man and the brides mother during their speeches! You can tell they are so very loved by many and their love for each other is beautiful and incredibly sweet.  I captured a few moments of them taking each other by the hand or whispering throughout the night and the sweet smiles as they were finally married.  Can you tell I'm a sucker for love?? 

The church was incredibly beautiful with great natural light and outdoor space for photos.  My absolute favorite part about it though was the choir loft!  That is hands down my favorite place to take photos during a wedding ceremony.  From there, I have a great view of the entire place and the altar.  Which proved to invaluable when it came time for the *epic kiss* and three people filled the aisle trying to get a photo.  I'm not sure my photo would have been any good had I been in the aisle waiting for it. 

For those of you attending a wedding here's a PSA-- I know your camera is so great and you just love photos and the important parts of a wedding, but really, sometimes you get in the way, so sit down and respect the photographer-- I'm sure the bride and groom will thank you!! I will thank you haha!

The reception was held at Crystal Gardens in Howell, and oh my gosh it was a beautiful place!  The rain continued to come and go all day, and so the elegance of the reception hall proved to be invaluable!!  When you first walk in, there is a stunning staircase and I just knew it would make a perfect spot for photos, especially with the large window on the side of it. 

While I would have loved more time with just the two of them for bridal portraits, the bride is always right and she expressed to me the necessity of being done with wedding duties and on to the dance floor by 8:45-- which we managed and I had a lot of fun playing around with my camera techniques while capturing the fun and dancing since it meant so much to her!

 

Anyway, enough gushing about love and pretty venues....Here are some of my favorite images of the day!

 

 

 

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Adam & Lindsey {Engagement} http://www.charlottemanningphotography.com/blog/2017/9/adam-lindsey-engagement I had so much fun shooting this session at Big Portage Lake!  The future groom's parents have a lake house there and it was such a beautiful place to go for an engagement session!  I had been looking forward to it for weeks and it did not disappoint!!  These two were hilarious and I enjoyed their banter and giggles throughout the session.

This couple was so fun to be around and I am so excited for their wedding next year at Frutig Farms - The Valley in Ann Arbor, MI next July!  

It's so great to be able to get some fun shots by the water and sand; I have always been envious of the photographers who shoot by the ocean and their endlessly romantic photos on the shoreline.  I don't think I give Michigan enough credit, considering we're surrounded by lakes and beaches!! 

I will definitely be planning some more sessions next year to take place around the great lakes... if anyone is interested ;-)

 

 

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Missy {Dog Portrait} http://www.charlottemanningphotography.com/blog/2017/9/missy-dog-portrait Earlier this summer I had some fun capturing photos of a sweet dog!  We went to Nature Park in Milan, MI which is just south of Ann Arbor.  

Missy was such an adorable dog, and I didn't realized how much of a personality dogs can have!  haha.  

I've never done a session like this, but I really had fun.  Afterwards, I created a couple fun "double exposure" type photos in photoshop just for fun.  

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Newsletter // Issue 4 http://www.charlottemanningphotography.com/blog/2017/9/newsletter---issue-4 CMP will be publishing weekly newsletters!  Newsletter content will vary each week but look for photography tips and tricks, latest work and updates, and email subscribers will receive exclusive promotional information before social media-- so be sure to subscribe!

 

Newsletter #4 is out now!  This newsletter is FULL of promotions so be sure to check it out!

Lots of great information about promotions like my updated rewards program and exclusive pricing for referrals.  

Newsletter Issue 4

 

*if you have requested to be added to the email list recently when signing in to a gallery, you will be added by this weekend!  If you have not received an email confirmation, please let me know.  

 

 

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Print Size Comparison http://www.charlottemanningphotography.com/blog/2017/8/print-size-comparison My print sale ends tonight at midnight, so I’m sure some of you are looking at purchasing prints before it expires!! Use the code SS25OFF at checkout to save 25% off on your prints!  This coupon code is valid through 9/1/17!

Are you unsure on what size to print your images at?? I have updated my print size comparison chart to help!

my personal favorite is 11×14. I even have a collage wall with many 11×14 prints that works great! 8×10 is so 90’s 

You’ll be able to see my collage wall and more information on print sizing with my last installment on the print your photo series I’m doing.

 

Not sure what the Print Your Photo Series is?  Here’s my first blog post.

 

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Aspen {Children's Portrait} http://www.charlottemanningphotography.com/blog/2017/8/aspen-is-1 My own little babe turned one today... it's crazy she has been here a whole year already!!  She is the sweetest and happiest little thing.  Her personality is hilarious and so sweet.  She's a Mama's Girl who's easy going like her Daddy.  She rocked a mohawk for most of her babyhood, and I strongly considered hawking it up of this shoot but I decided not to.  Although, you can see her "rat tail" that I refuse to cut off. haha.  So, there's that... haha.

We had fun yesterday creating beautiful portraits while she was dressed in her pretty dress from her great grandmother... some even included CAKE!  Don't worry Grandma, the cake came out fine in the wash!  I promise!  ;-)

 

Here are some of my favorite photos from yesterday.  

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CMP PHOTO SERIES | Print That Photo PART I http://www.charlottemanningphotography.com/blog/2017/8/cmp-photo-series-print-that-photo1 I have decided to do a three part series on printing images and why you should do it!  I often feel like I have to justify my reasoning for including prints and print credits in each of my collections, and so I decided a photo series/blog would explain why I want people to have photos, why I print my photos.  

Here is the first part of the series on why you should Print That Photo.

 

Bear with me, this is a long post.  

 

AUGUST 20th.  Happy Birthday, Dad.

For me, birthdays of my family are always fun.  I spend hours planning their day.  I decorate with all the balloons and streamers and banners I can find, including the same hideous and shiny one with HAPPY BIRTHDAY in balloon rainbow letters that I use every birthday. I make breakfast.  I stuff the same, half burned, pastel colored candle I use year after year into that same breakfast (usually waffles or pancakes), and rush to wake them up singing Happy Birthday.  I video record my awful singing and their excited and confused looks as I wake them up.  Then I throw the breakfast aside and usher them, in all their bed-head glory, to the living room where they see the decorations and their gifts.  I spend hours planning their day and how to make them feel special.  Flowers or balloons and favorite candy for the girls.  Small gift and candy for my son.  I take coffee and my husbands favorite candy to his work.  I make them their favorite dinner.  I bake them a two layered cake and decorate it, every year.  Birthdays are special and they are special.  (and yes, I capture it all in photographs)

But, there's always one birthday that I just can't bring myself to enjoy.  August 20th, my dad's birthday. Today is always a tough day for me... granted it tends to be easier than the anniversary date of his death, but it doesn't feel like any other birthday I celebrate. Today, my dad would have been 61.  He was a Pilot Captain for Zantop / Kitty Hawk.  He was in the US Army, where he enjoyed paratrooping.  He was patient, confident, straight-forward, and compassionate.  He was outrageously tall and thin-- so much so that he used to duck when going through different rooms at home.  He loved to dance and make silly faces. He was my best friend; when I'd get off the bus after school, I'd often find him downstairs working on the biplane he was building.  He'd let me talk for hours about my life and was incredibly patient with me as I blabbered on about my worries and feelings as an eleven and twelve year old girl.  He had this incredible ability to bring calmness, confidence and happiness to any situation.

My dad was the king of duck tape, just as he was the king of making do with what he had.  During his memorial service, duck tape and that one time he tried to make our pool a heated one had the entire church (filled with hundreds of people) laughing.  Curious? Well, so we had an above ground pool that he installed when I was a kid, probably 9 or 10.  Apparently one summer day he thought it was too cold to swim comfortably in.  SO, he decided to run a tube of water from the pool filter, through the grill, and then back into the pool once it was heated.  I'm not really sure on the details, nor am I really sure if it worked, but our pool was still standing until the late 2000's so I know it didn't end too poorly.  

My father was strict with my sister and I, often having us do pushup and sit-ups as consequences for bad behavior.  We respected our elders and we were taught to Never Give Up.  He taught me to be observant, to stand up for whats right, and to always put family first.  He taught me that two lies (one to deny a mistake, and two being the lie to cover it up) is always worse than just telling the truth the first time.  He taught me so many things that have shaped my character still today, even though he's been gone longer than he was here at this point.  

One thing he did not teach me though, was how to live without him. My dad passed away in 1999 when I was only twelve years old.  It was a whirlwind week in February.  He went from having a stomach ache, to terminal lung cancer, to his passing in all of a weeks time.  It was the most devastating event of my entire life and losing someone so important in my life has left me with so much pain even to this day.  

There is a reason I am sharing all of this with you.  I want you to feel this with me and to see photographs as I do.  I want you to understand the importance, as someone who is on the other side of death and grief.  I want you to recognize how much these photographs bring me peace.  

Today, is the eighteenth birthday that I haven't been able to enjoy with him.  I don't have my father here, and this day is just another reminder of that.  It sucks.  The only thing tangible I have of my dad are his jean jacket, his favorite blanket (or remnants of it), and photographs.  They all bring me comfort on days like today, but its the photos that keep my heart from sinking into the dark sea of grief and despair.  These photographs are proof that the moments and memories are still here after all this time.  He is not, but these sweet moments from my birth to before his passing, they have given me so much hope and peace throughout life.   Year after year, and birthday after birthday, these photographs remain as my most prized possessions he ever left for me.  

I have so many photographs that my grandmother has given me over the years.  Some from when my dad was a child; I have all of his school photos!  I have photos of him in his Army uniform and from the early days of his young adult life.  I have photos of him and my mom before kids and then even more with two little blondes added into the mix.  

 

The photos of him before me, I love to look at and wonder about who he was then-- luckily my Aunt and my grandma have helped with a lot of that.  Was he into politics or fashion trends?  What was his favorite type of music?  Did he have a lot of friends and what did he do for fun?  These photographs have been conversation starters and lifeboats full of memories and laughter through this sometimes endless sea of grief.  

The photos of my family; my dad, my mom, my sister and I at our home in Dexter.  There are some that were captured before I can remember like of me as a baby and young tot.  Then there are those photos that have seemed to stop so many fun memories in time.  It's these that are my favorite because they are proof that my dad was just as amazing as I remember him to be.  Just as shooting a flare while lost at sea brings hope to those in a lifeboat waiting to be found, these photographs bring hope and peace throughout this sometimes tumultuous sea of grief.  

It is imperative for me to note that there is something so calming and connecting when you hold photographs that hold memories of your loved ones.  It's incredibly special to be able to sit in your grandmothers living room and flip through a huge stack of photographs she has given you.  So many times, photographs have brought me to tears or made me laugh.  Sometimes they have left me with questions or reminded me of how I was feeling in that moment.

 

Technology has gotten us so many great things in today's world, but it has also left us with a huge barrier in human interaction, and in family traditions.  Oftentimes these moments get stored on some hard drive, or posted on social media for people to see for a moment.  Social media may not be here forever, and hard drives crash.  You are doing yourself and your family a disservice in leaving these images in the digital world.

All of the photos both of my dad as a child, and myself as a child, I can now share them with my children.  I can show them who their grandpa was and show my youngest how she has her grandpas chin.  I can show them what it looked like when my dad grew up, and when I grew up. I can show them the memories and I can save them until I am ready to pass them down, just as my grandmother has done for me.  I can hang them in a frame or leave them in my grandmothers vintage frame and place it on a shelf for anyone who visits my home to see.  Can your hard drive do that?  

Photographs capture the spirit of its subject.  Photographs preserve a memory.  Photographs can be handed down throughout generations.  Photographs can bring your loved ones peace when that's all they have left of you. 

 

Professional, or candid...PRINT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS.  PRINT AND SHARE YOUR MEMORIES.


 

 

 

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