Today, I was reminded of how soul quenching it can be to hang out with your family. How for a kids small and big alike, getting together with your aunts, cousins, uncles and grandparents can make all the difference. Today, as my mom was giving me all the details about her recent Argentina trip and how fun it was to spend the holidays with everyone. It made me remember what the holidays were like for me as a kid with that big, fun wild family and it made me think of this family I took photographs of over the holidays. They hired me as a gift for grandma, to take PHOTOGRAPHS of their family since everyone was in town and together.
Look how sweet they all are! They were so fun to be around, so much so that my face actually hurt from smiling when I left. You could actually feel the warmth and comfort of their family.
It all starts with these 3 guys. Coming from a mom of boys I now have a totally different appreciation for brothers and these guys just got you right where brothers should. They’re fun, full of laughs and trouble.
I can imaging that as grandparents, these 2 sit down with all their grandchildren and feel a tremendous sense of pride & love. Looking at them I thought… you did it, you created a tight knight, loving family full of all the things that make hard work, hard lessons and relentless love all worth while.
As my mom went on and on about how everyone has changed since the last time I saw them and what everyone is doing now it made me think about all those old pictures I have during the holidays with my aunts, uncles and cousins. It made me reflect on what a gift it is to be able to spend the holidays with your family. A blessing for brothers, cousins, sisters and grandparents. A blessing that is not lost on me and clearly not lost on them. This family right here, this is why I became a photographer and why I can’t stop.
It’s not surprising that the pics to follow are some of my favorite. To me, they encompass what a family gathering should be. Full of fun, unscripted moments that only come from an authentic kind of family love. “Catch the moments of your life. Catch them while you’re young and quick, because sooner than you know you’ll be old and slow. And there will be no more of them to catch.”
That last quote is from that show that makes me cry every week and lights a fire in my belly to help people get good photographs of themselves. That one show… This is Us