Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt is a photographer at work. The photo reminded me of a galley proof from a newspaper dated February 1983. We had the proof framed and displayed in our home for a number of years. Why? Because my daughter and I were featured. Oh, the article was not ABOUT us. It was about a local children’s photographer.
I was a proud momma and I wanted professional photos, but in 1983, there were not many photographers to choose from, affordable ones, that is, unless I wanted to use the silly backdrops available at J. C. Penney or Sears. When a new studio opened nearby, I quickly checked it out. The photographer was just starting out and his prices were more like what I had in mind.
|Jordan 1983 - from the free shoot|
After that we scheduled annual pictures of the girls.
|Jordan and Zoe 1983|
|Zoe and Jordan 1984|
Word spread quickly among my mom-friends about a great photographer who came to the house. What a concept – just like those itinerant photographers of the past.
My sister and I thought a picture of the grandkids together would make a nice Christmas present for our parents. So we called the photographer who had won the hearts of so many and set a date. He arrived right on time. This is going to be fun, I thought. The living room was nice and clean. Jordan and Zoe looked darling in their new velvet Christmas dresses my mother had made them. Joel was precious in a very proper English-style shorts and blouse with a French hand-sewn collar.
Then WHEW what a night we had! First of all, the photographer made fun of how my sister dressed her baby boy. He thought she was turning him into a sissy. But as she pointed out, he has a lifetime to dress like an old man.
And then the worst (although we can’t stop laughing about it now): the photographer picked Joel up to bounce him around a bit to “loosen him up.” Now picture this: he then tossed Joel playfully into the air and WHOOPS BAM BOOM - oops sorry - accidentally DROPPED him on the floor!
I wish we had a photo of that guy.
Say CHEESE. Say WHISKEY. Say, how about visiting my friends at Sepia Saturday for more stories of photos and photographers!
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