From the time I was a toddler my mom would periodically take my sister and I to have “our pictures taken”. Formal pictures taken at a professional studio with lighting, back drops, and those “umbrella-thingies”. Looking back it’s interesting to me, and it shows how much my mom valued capturing a moment in time of her kid’s lives, that she would spend money on professional portrait sittings when there was not a lot of extra money. As an example when out for dinner at a restaurant my sister and I would have to share a Shirley Temple drink (7-Up and Grenadine) because my parents couldn’t afford for both of us to have one. When ordering a hamburger we couldn’t have cheese because it was ten cents extra. In retrospect maybe that’s why my parents could afford these expensive portraits?….
My mom passed away recently and I’ve spent many days in her home cleaning and clearing. Although many of those portraits of my sister and I hung on the walls of her home over the years they took on more meaning and presented a stark contrast to contemporary times when the camera on our smart phones are a hundred times better than the box cameras of the day. Our phones are probably as good or better than the large and cumbersome equipment that was in those studios that used something called film.
I have hundreds of pictures of Kali and Kloe with me at all times because they’re on my phone. A digital version of that accordion-like deck of pictures dad’s in previous generations would pull out of their wallets to proudly show off their kids and wives in blurry and faded pictures taken with his box camera.
With this in mind I thought I should take a lesson from my mom and lose the selfies and candids and have some portraits of the girls taken. Formal sittings (“sit, stay”) with lighting and back drops and “umbrella-thingies”. And so I did and I proudly display them here in this post.
OK… full disclosure. These were taken with my iPhone using portrait mode. But the sentiment remains the same. I think mom would be proud. Don’t you?