one of the many things that i love about being a photographer is capturing these moments and memories for the family to remember. the small fingers and toes, the way a child’s fingers wrap around mom’s hair or clings onto her shirt. i capture these beautiful moments of young families and it dawned on me. what about the true beginnings of a family? where the family line starts? we are very fortunate to still have my grandparents with us and i knew that i needed to head to arizona to spend time with them and do a weekend in the life session.
grandma turns 93 this week while grandpa turns 95 next month. they just celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. and they are amazing. grandma always has great stories while grandpa always has great one liners.
my trip was memorable and special. i spent time being immersed in their day to day life, hearing stories of the past, laughing at their jokes and spending quality time with them all while photographing them. and my grandparents loved having me there too. every person we met at their home, grandma would say proudly, “this is my granddaughter. she left her two little girls at home with their father so she could vacation with us. can you believe that?!” it was the cutest!
i’m not sure how i will finalize the video and photos (i’m thinking a nice big album with the quotes laid out) but here are just some of my personal favorites that just gives a little insight into their weekend. my mind was working overtime remembering all the quotes but goodness it was all worth it.
and i couldn’t ask for anything more perfect. the newspaper headline one morning? just perfect.
“oh shoot, you’re taking pictures already?! but we’re not doing anything but watching jeopardy” – gma
“each morning i give your grandpa his vitamins. and i need to keep reminding him” — gma
“i never did propose. i asked her to move in with me into the barracks” – gpa
“what a stinker, he never proposed. and he asked after the third date!” – gma
“you know where i met your grandmother? at her boyfriends” – gpa chuckling
“you know your father started walking at eight months. and he was everywhere. he hasn’t stopped.” – gma
“these were my mother and father’s. they got them shortly after they were married which was 1917. i really treasure these.” – gma
“ah my sicilian family. and my mother. she was a nurse and oh i love her getup. you know…losing your mother when you’re fourteen, it’s devastating. it still is…”
“i didn’t take a nap today? i was too busy to nap” – gpa
“what time are we going to bingo?” – gpa
“i’ve never won bingo here before.” – gpa
five minutes later “i got bingo!” – gpa
“have i shown you the library? it’s nice. they have all these books that you can borrow. and puzzles” – gpa
“i don’t do puzzles. i’m too busy and don’t have enough time” – gpa
“i always like the art and paintings here” – gma
“we’re in the national wii bowling competition starting next week. we need to practice” – gma
“we won bowling?! we won!” – gpa
“my makeup? just blush. i always need my blush.” – gma
“i love you” – gma
“ditto” – gpa
“did you just ditto me?!” – gma
“i did. ditto” – gpa chuckling
“my favorite memory growing up? swimming in the hudson river. oh and there was a place we used to go too. b.a.b. you know what b.a.b was? bare ass beach. funny how memories are triggered.” -gpa
“i like it here. but i miss having our home.” – gpa