Since I was about 7 or 8, I have used any camera I could find to take photos with. Disposable, Polaroid, or $5 film cameras….it didn’t matter. In the last couple of years, I have started taking photos for other people. Since starting, I realized that sharing my passion for photography with others isn’t always easy. It has been a huge learning process, discouraging at times, painful at others, saddening, and also very joyful. I appreciate all that I have leaned and all of the people I have met. Without them, I would not know what I know now, so thank you!
If I can take a photo for someone that brings a smile to their face, then I consider my “job” done. I believe that photos should be an extension of our memories, a physical reminder of times past. I believe that when we look at photos, special memories should be evoked that have long since slipped our minds. And then a smile should appear.
I’ve never been one to take photos of landscape, animals, or flowers. I’ve always enjoyed capturing emotion and interaction between people. Lately though, I have found myself appreciating the beauty in flowers and I have been enjoying photographing them. These particular flowers remind me of a very special lady that is no longer with us. This lady was my everything. She loved me, cherished me, and saw me as I was. I would spend weekends with her at her tiny apartment in Elkhart. We would take the city bus to Concord Mall and have lunch at our favorite restaurant, Alley Oops. She would bake the BEST chocolate chip cookies and we would watch Guiding Light together. And when I was sleepy, I would sit next to her and I would place her hand on the top of my head. We would race one another to see who could get to sleep first. She would hold my hand and make me feel safe. She was amazing. I miss her everyday and wish she were here to see all I have accomplished. I would have loved for her to meet my husband and 5 amazing children. Her name was Doris Esther. She was my Great-Grandma. She was kind and beautiful. I miss her everyday.
These purple lovelies are for you lady….