I don't have any pictures of me with my grandfather. At least none that I know of. I was 26 when he passed away. It's one of my biggest regrets (not having a photograph with him) and it's the very reason why I'm so passionate about photography today. You see, it took me about 30+ years to realize the value of a photograph. When I was younger I always thought family portraits were when my family would get all dressed up, drive over to the mall, and walk to that back corner of JC Penny where the photo studio was - right by where they sold the furniture and mattresses. I didn't know why we had to take pictures. I didn't like my haircut. My jacket sleeves were too long and I didn't want to smile because I just lost my front tooth. I couldn't wait to get home, take off that jacket, and run around the yard playing with my cousins.
Fast forward to today. I just photographed Ed and Cora who 46 years ago started a family of their own. From two they became fourteen strong. Here are some of my favorite images from that day. My goal was to give them photographs of their children and grandchildren that would hang in their hearts forever. I wanted to provide images for their grandchildren so they could see the everyday love they receive from their grandparents in a photograph. I want them to hold on to these images so that 30 years from now…there will be no regrets.