Two weeks ago I was shooting portraits for a Relay For Life fundraiser event. One family showed up for a portrait and they had convinced mother/grandmother/great-grandmother to come along.
We got the family portrait, and I asked Grandma to stay put and let me get a shot of just her. She kinda fussed a bit, but after a minute she looked at me and smiled and I took her portrait.
The family were looking at the images in the other room, and told my wife that she had never had a professional portrait taken. The family loved the one of just her and purchased some prints of it. The family were happy with the quick portrait that was her first!
Last night, "Granny Besson" passed away. Her first portrait became her ONLY Portrait. I have been thinking today, could have I done anything differently if I had known it was her first portrait, or even more so if I had know it was her ONLY portrait. Could have I posed her in any better way? Could have I done more to get a better expression?
Even in a fast paced photo session, I want to begin to think that it could be their ONLY portrait. I want to apply more to each session! I want to produce a memory that is worth a lifetime.
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