I recently read a blog post by Nicole Young (Nicolsey) and one of the main points was to not let opportunities pass you by; An example she gave was to take portraits of the people and pets that mean the most to you. This particular idea really struck close to me. Two of my grandparents passed away before I was into photography or even old enough to care about it. My grandfather “Big Tone” in particular was a really fantastic character and I have many fond memories of him during my childhood. I truly regret that I didn’t have the opportunity to make a photograph of him, to share his character with my wife and other people in my life through images. For this I am really sad.
On the other hand I still have my other Grandfather, Cecil. About a year and a half ago I did take the time to make a nice portrait of him. We went out to this pond on his ranch in Ashland, Oregon where he used to take me and my brother as children and spent some time at sunset making some nice portraits. The photograph above of him is one of my favorite images ever, because of all of the memories and character it conveys. For that I am truly happy. My grandfather will be 95 in October and I am so glad that I took the time to photograph him with care and thought and not just as a snapshot. After reflecting on this I encourage all of the photographers out there to take a little bit of time, plan a shoot and make some really nice portraits of the people you care about. You won’t regret it.
Below: Some other images of characters close to me that I’m happy I took the opportunity to photograph and keep in my collection of memories. First, My dog Little Bear (he passed away a few years ago), Second, my Grandma Midge (still kicking! Though I think she cheats at cards).