Tribute to Two Incredible People

If there is anyone in this world I would like to be like, it’s my grandparents. They are the most kind and generous people I know. Even thought my grandpa had a stroke several years ago and can’t do much of anything on his own, my grandmother is always so happy with a positive attitude about everything. And my grandpa is hilarious, always cracking a joke. The reason why I am the photographer I am today is because of them. They put me through school, helped buy my camera equipment and pay for many of the photography workshops that I go to and are very supportive of what I do. Recently I have had the feeling that I NEEDED to take their photograph. I don’t know why I have never photographed them before, especially since all that they do for me. But I felt particularly impressed to take their portraits. So on Sunday I finally did it. It was actually quite an ordeal. My dad had to come and pick my grandpa up out of his comfy recliner and put him in a smaller less obvious chair. I had to bring all my lights since the lighting wasn’t very good in the room where my grandpa sits. Not to mention that it was pretty emotional to me. Not that I haven’t seen my grandpa like this is before , but because he seemed especially distant that day and it nearly broke my heart. But he was still funny, he pretended to try to bite my grandma’s hand when I told her to put it on his cheek. I also felt extra pressure from myself that I wanted to show how wonderful my grandparents are in these images and I HAD to make these images special. I think it was my most challenging photo shoot to date. There was lighting issues, posing issues, distracting things in the background, it was tricky to get my grandpa to look at the camera and of course it was very emotional. But I loved it. It made me so happy to photograph the two people that mean so much to me. Here are some of my favorite images from that day.

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I’m a “Soulographer” now.

I couple of weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity of  attending the “Soulagrapher” Workshop taught by Skye Hardwick. She is an amazing child photographer known all around the country. I feel like a have grown so much as a photographer in just one weekend from taking her workshop. I am so inspired and my finger is ready to click away! Here are a few images I captured that weekend.