Having been raised with a mom that was diagnosed with cancer when I was six years old, I never took her life…or anyone else’s…for granted. Thankfully, my dad was a ‘documenter’ and I inherited his love for memorializing events and stories in writing, on film and on tape as was the case back then.
One of the most poignant aspects of being a photographer was the appointment made by families who have learned that one of their members is terminally ill. I felt for them deeply and tried my best to find ways of capturing the joy in having them gathered together in one room, regardless of the ominous reason that brought them to my studio.
The thing that was always missing in a portrait studio was the sound of laughter and the spontaneous exchanges that took place during the session. I also wanted to have the opportunity to document the family stories as I had been doing as a writer for the local newspaper, recounting the history of the folks who pioneered the area and their offspring.
Now, with a stage and recording studio, cameras and broadcasting equipment, I’m able to bring families together both physically and virtually to share their memories and to capture images that create a legacy.