"Family is not an important thing, it is EVERYTHING!" - Michael J. Fox
January is always the start of the new year, and the time when we set goals for ourselves - all of which are meant to improve and better the way we currently live. Lose weight, spend less - save more, eat healthy, quit that thing we know is bad for us. At one time or another we have all attempted to follow through with positive goals, for a positive change.
January for me will always be a mixture of emotions. With so many birthdays to celebrate, both on my husband's side and my side. My mother, my father, my god-daughter, my step-daughter ... and my own daughter to name just a few. It is the month I met my husband, we had our first date, our first kiss. January is a month of celebrations.
My daughter just turned 12 on the 28th - and I was amazed at how much time has past. It seemed like only yesterday she was a toddler. I spent that morning looking through photo albums of her baby pictures and cried like a baby myself. She's grown so much.
It is also a reminder of family and friends whom we have lost. This time last year my husband lost his aunt Michele unexpectedly, and the following day - my aunt lost her battle with cancer. We spent the week trying to console each other, and explaining to our pre-teen daughters about life, and death. Attending more than one funeral back to back, while remembering others we have lost in this month alone, was trying to say the least.
The first thing we do, when we have lost someone - is seek out old photographs. I can remember on this day last year sifting through old photo albums and boxes passed down to me, for pictures of my aunt.
What I had realized sifting through old photos, is how many people over the years both my husband and I have lost. Grandparents, family, friends ....
And it's not just me - I've photographed quite a few weddings, and portrait sessions. I've also gotten "that" call from a previous client, who can't (in their upset state) remember where their CD has gone. Someone they loved, someone I photographed - passed away. And they are desperate to print an image.
I recently received this email from a bride, who I made an album for:
I know I already have thanked you before for my album you made me from my visit with my Nanny the day of my wedding, but I want to THANK YOU again ever so much. My Nanny passed away yesterday unexpectedly and one of the first things I did was pulled out that book. It was a wonderful gift with amazing pictures but now is something with a whole new meaning. Again Thank you. "
Mrs. Kerry Watson
When was the last time YOU had your portrait taken??
When was the last time you had your family portrait done?
Let's not talk about "when you loose 10 pounds" or other excuses! You never know what tomorrow brings. Your kids are not going to care that you had that extra weight on you at that time, instead they will appreciate those family photos when they are older.
Your kids will never be this age again. Look this way again. We can't go back in time, only forward. February boasts two days - Valentine's Day for love, and Family Day. In honor of those two days, I will be offering a special family portrait session.
Celebrate love and family with something that will last a lifetime, that your children's children's will look fondly upon, and something you will cherish. Trust me!
Come have your family portrait done, or a generations portrait ... and receive an 11x14 metallic glossy family portrait print from a quality professional lab, an individual pose of everyone in your family, a timeline cover for your facebook page, digital copies of each and a print release.
My mom and her siblings, June 2015.
Contact the studio today to book your portrait!
Lisa Garnett is based in the greater Saint John Area, with a studio located in East Saint John.