I've spent a lot of time lately thinking about photography, why I like it, and what inspires me to shoot. I am generally a quiet person and I like to hang back and observe. I also love families, especially the dynamics between extended family members - it is so interesting and fun! So, I've found myself loving any "event" that I am able to shoot. Up until now, it's mostly been get togethers that involve my family or Curtis' family. It is hard to take photos and also be part of the event, but I'm not going to give it up ;)
My grandpa in Kansas passed away last fall. It wasn't unexpected, but it's still a loss. Of course, I brought my camera along, but I wasn't intending to take a lot of photos (I mean, it's a funeral! It's sacred! It's quiet!) until my mom asked me to document everything (yes, she's a scrapbooker too!).
It ended up being a good decision. There were several family members that we hadn't seen for 5, 10, even 20 years. I loved all the emotions at a funeral - sadness, laughter over old memories, joy at seeing a cousin, even the oblivious-ness of the little ones. It's rare for an entire family to come together the way they do for a funeral (or a wedding).
I'm also so glad to have these photos for my grandma. She's aged a lot over the past few years and I know that her memory isn't as good as it once was. The day of a funeral passes in such a blur that it's even hard for us younger ones to remember everything! I put all the photos from the weekend into a photo book for her so that she can pull it out whenever she wants.
If I was to do this over again, I would do some things differently, but the most important thing is that I captured our family...including my crazy uncles who steal zwieback every chance they get ;)