(I posted this on Facebook as well, since I’m not sure how many of them read my blog! I wanted it to be part of my own piece of the interwebs!)
Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future. ~Gail Lumet Buckley
As times passes, and we lose family members, each time we have a gathering I feel it important to try and capture some of the moments.
We have been fortunate over the past year to have gathered together for happy times, a breakfast for Bill when he was in town for a visit, a shower and wedding for Kellie and Jason, and a holiday gathering at the home of Dean and Cindy.
At my Uncle Doug’s service today as we celebrated his life, 10 of 11 cousin’s were in attendance along along with our moms, spouses, children and grandchildren. It felt like a perfect time to capture such a moment! Only missing of the first cousins was my brother Bill who was unable to make the trip from Texas.
Of course in our hearts and memories were all those who are no longer with us, Robin, Dad, Nana Miller, Uncle Ray and Aunt Dot, Uncle Ken and more.
After the immediate cousin photo, we gathered the three matriach’s of our families Aunt Marie (my Dad’s sister, Uncle Doug’s wife), my Mom, and Aunt Ruth (my Dad’s youngest sister), as well as spouses and children. A few were not in attendance or left before the photo was taken! All were in the photos in our hearts.
I personally prefer to be on the back side of the camera, and I know many feel the same. I appreciate each and everyone who were willing to pose for the moment!
What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories. ~George Eliot
The lighting was a challenge… just enough to not trigger the flash, it would have helped with some of the glare!