I’m Going to Start This Post With a Personal Story…
On February 12, 2012, my grandfather, Glen Hatch, passed away after an illness. He was an amazing man whom I adored. I regret not spending more time with him. However, the memories I carry with me last forever, and so do the photographs.
At my grandfather’s funeral service, my cousins compiled photographs gathered from all of the family and created a fitting memorial for him. The two posters brought comfort and a few laughs to an otherwise downhearted event. They also made a slideshow that played while folks mingled and waited for the service to begin.
You might ask why I didn’t do that. To be honest, it was too much for me. But my cousins, angels in disguise, helped the family rejoice in my grandfather’s life. That struck a chord in me.
As a professional photographer, I know we should celebrate life while our loved ones are with us. Unfortunately, several of my brides and grooms suffered the loss of a loved one shortly after their wedding. That’s why it’s so important to update not only the regular photo album but plan for generation photos as part of the family formal portraits after the ceremony.
That means working with your photographer to accommodate elderly relatives’ needs. If it’s a hot day, or they need to get to the reception early, plan on doing a whole family photo with them first. A good wedding photographer discusses with you any special needs and works with you to develop the best timelines for photography.
Don’t always assume that you’ll “get the shot” at the reception. With the excitement and joy of receptions, it’s often hard to get the family shot. If you can plan on doing it before or after the ceremony, DO IT!
For any elderly family member or pet, a good photograph lives on after they depart. How often have you caught yourself saying, “I wish?” Like I did for Grampie. Make “I wish I did” into “I’m glad I did.”
I’m here to help.
In April, I’ll be unveiling a new line of personal products centered around honoring loved ones, present, and past. Keep an eye out for how my design and personal photography skills help you honor your loved ones. For today, tell your family (human and furry) how much you love them.