For years, I kept saying I was going to have one of my photographer friends do a mini-session with my mom, my grandmother and I. Three generations of women together in one photo. But not just of a grandmother, mother and daughter, but of three women in different stages of their adult life, all living under the same roof for 10 years. Not many people get to experience that. Not many people want to. But we did, and I wanted to celebrate that uniqueness. That thing that made us special as a family.
Sure we had other photos together, but my family's idea of taking a photo together was in an ugly booth at a restaurant for someone's birthday or in the parking lot of said restaurant, with blinding sun, squinty eyes and distracting cars behind us. It was always a last minute suggestion, never well-thought out or intentional. They were the kind of photos you take and then don't ever do anything with. They never get framed or hung on the wall. And if they do miraculously get printed, they just end up in a box under the bed. So as someone who highly values good photography and treating images like a treasure, I really wanted to schedule a portrait session with my family….ya know, one day.
But "one day" never came. My grandmother passed away in February and I frantically searched for a decent photo of us to frame at the funeral and post online. There were tons of photos from when I was a baby and a little girl, and even some during those awkward teenage years that I'd rather burn than frame. But there were very few with me as an adult - almost all of which were taken in an ugly booth, at some restaurant, for someone's birthday.
I can come up with a million excuses for why we never did it, but they all seem meaningless now, even the most legitimate ones. I started to wonder if others could relate. Time is short. Shorter than we'd like to think. And life is really unexpected in the best and worst ways. We are getting older, our parents are getting older. Many of us have already lost our grandparents, or at least one. Just since the beginning of this year, I counted more than 20 of my friends had lost a grandparent. More than 20! My heart breaks every time I see a new post on Facebook.
So if you're like me - you value photography and have been wanting to do a portrait session with your mother, grandmother or both for some time now - here's your chance. Use this Mother's Day to finally schedule that session. Make a day of it! Spoil them like crazy! Go out for lunch, get your hair and makeup done, and either surprise them with a session or explain in advance how important it is that you finally share this experience.
I'm happy to announce that this year, in honor of my grandmother, I'm offering Mother's Day mini-sessions (up to 5 people per session) at Heritage Square on Saturday, May 9th and Old Town Scottsdale on Sunday, May 10th. And I'm super excited to be partnering with Hoot & Holler, who is offering a beautiful bouquet of flowers for each session! See the image above for more details.
Don't let your "one day" pass you by.