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  • Desiree A. Neville

How I photographed my mom

I did not have any current photos of my mom. She was in her 80s and had no recent photos of herself that she loved. While at a family gathering, I brought my camera and decided to update everyone's portraits. My mom was getting smaller and whiter. The most current photo she had of herself was not putting her in a good light. She was sitting in a massive chair which was thought to be comfortable but it was dwarfing her. She looked lost in it and she could not sit straight up. So I stood her up by the bannister. The wall behind her was all white and she was all dressed in white with white pearls and her hair was - and still is - all white as snow. Everyone's opinions were strongly suggesting this was going to fail. I started to doubt myself. But I stuck to my guns and posed mom standing up at the bannister with no decor and all was white.

In my opinion, it was a great success. Mom loves her picture and does not want to get another one taken. LOL! She says this is the best portrait of herself she has ever had. Well, kudos to me, but I still want to update her portraits so we stay current and so I can top my last one. I learnt 2 lessons from this. 1. Stick to your guns when you have a gut feeling :) and 2, just because someone has never liked themselves in portraits doesn't mean they never will.

Do you have a portrait of your mom? Or of you and your mom?

Wouldn't it be a treat to get your hair and makeup professionally done at the studio and haver a ball being a star for one day? You would be creating and preserving a great legacy at the same time. Give it some thought. If you have never done this before, it is certainly worth the experience!

Book a 15-minute free consultation with me and we can talk about portraits you would love!

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