This may be a bit unusual but I’m dedicating my first blog post to my Dad. My Dad passed away in January 2017 and so this is a tribute to him and a way for me to commemorate his wonderful personality and influence on my love for photography.
I have inherited all of my Dad’s slides and now have the privilege and tremendous task of scanning memory after memory. What would I do without these carefully taken images from long ago? Images that preserve my childhood, tell stories about adventures we did together and are markers of milestones and celebrations.
Even as a small child I was allowed to hold his old box camera, look through the viewfinder and occasionally push the shutter. Film was expensive so the shutter button was treated with respect. This has instilled a sense in me of observation. Look around, observe the situation, people and events happening in front of you and only then select your composition before you click.
Some of my best memories are sitting in the living room after coming home from a trip and watching slideshows as a family together.
You are never too old to model
Four month before my Dad passed away we visited him in Germany for the last time and I invited him to model for me knowing that he didn’t have long to live. I needed these photos and I am so glad we took the time. My Dad was still well enough to walk to a small park with my husband and I and patiently allowed me to direct poses and get him to talk and laugh with my husband to make this as enjoyable for him as possible. He was highly amused at being a model at age 84. My Mom joined for a couple of images at the end.
She tells me over and over again
how grateful she is
for this life-like image of him.
My favorite image was used as the centerpiece at the funeral and now hangs framed in my Mom’s living room. She tells me over and over again how grateful she is for this life-like image of him.
My Dad’s death has pushed me to start my own photography business and help others to get these important images before it is too late. You can be a model at birth, when you start first grade or graduate from college, on your wedding day and all those milestones in between. Take the time to get professional, high quality images that truly capture your loved ones. Some day you will be thankful you did.
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Heike Martin is a personal branding, headshot and commercial photographer based in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania. She specializes in helping you magnetize your brand with intentional, eye-catching images. Fun, relaxed and professional.