Friday, July 11, 2014

Photo Challenge - Portraits



This month's photo challenge was "portraits". I reached way back in the archives for these first pictures. They are ones I took of my daughter for her senior portrait in the fall of 2007. I took them with my Yaschica 35 mm SLR camera and had the film downloaded onto CD right away so that I could tweek the photos on the computer. I like my simple, light-weight digital camera, but sometimes I still miss my bulky ancient 35 mm.
This would be the most recent family portrait. I took this with my Nikon Coolpix of the grandkids with my mother-in-law for her 80th birthday this May.

I had this sudden realization about family portraits just this week. Whenever my kids come over I always want to get a nice picture of them (they have been over several times since this portrait was taken), and they always give me a hard time so I don't get many decent shots. It just dawned on me why this is such a big deal to me. Coz there just aren't that many pictures of me when I was growing up. My dad had his 8mm movie camera and those grainy films are the majority of the photographic record of my childhood.

My advise: take as many pictures of the family as you can, restore as many of the old pictures as you can, and save them ALL.
My mom and my sister, Pat, at my first wedding in 1985. Aren't they both beautiful? 
My sister is gone now and my poor 87-year-old mom is a fraction of this size. 

11 comments:

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Lovely photos of your daughter - great portraits for Donna's challenge!
Thank you for your comment on my blog.
Shane

Ruthi said...

Lovely photos.

Vee said...

You created wonderful portraits of your daughter for her graduation photos. It is important to take photos of people I think for they are the most lovely of God's creation to Him. Still, I have managed to be the invisible woman for years and there are a few more gals in the family who feel the same way!

Sally Crowe said...

Beautiful photos! :)

Donna said...

Love that you save all your photos! Not many do...Sad about your Sister and Mom...but I love the photos.
hughugs

Chris Loehmer Kincaid said...

Thanks for all the comments. Sometimes I think I take too many pictures, and then I say to myself that's not possible.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Nice photos. Mine are all on my computer and the family never sees them unless I email something specific to them.

Angela said...

You're so right- you have to push through the groans to get he family photos- they're too precious not to. At our last family gathering we decided, (as we scrambled for photos and cajoled teenagers, and husbands not to be sullen, that next time we'd do the family photos first- then eat and socialize- we'll see if that stops some of the groaning!

Veralynne Malone said...

Great photos! And agree restore, restore and post. I have become the family historian and I can't tell you how many bins of pics I have to go through. But since we will be moving in a few months..I have packed everything away for the moment. I have pics that are on tintype(?). Not sure who they are, but I plan on becoming a detective too....lol. My goal is to create a family tree photo album that will encompass EVERYONE if possible and then scan and let everyone order copies....

Anyway great pics, and excellent post.

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Jeito Mineiro de Ser said...

Boas fotos!Lembrar a história de cada foto é muito bom!
Um abraço

Good photos! Remember the story of each photo is very good!
Hugs!
Egléa

Donna said...

I love the portrait session photos with your daughter from several years ago. What a pretty girl! And capturing group shots like the 4th one are so important for recording family gatherings and helping to preserve the memories. The last photo is a cherished one, and your advice is very timely about capturing photos of our loved ones. I haven't taken many of my husband over the years, but I am taking more now!