MEMORIAL DAY 2018: Throw Back!

These pictures are from 2014 and onward...

My brother is a pastor...this means that he works on Sunday...
My husband is not a pastor...which means, he has the weekends off...

This makes for crazy visits when my brother and I attempt to see each other.  

When our kids were younger, in order to see each other one extra time year outside of Christmas and an occasional "other" visit back home, Memorial Day was typically a good option for us both.  

It's been more difficult as our children have reached their teen years due to school activities, etc...sometimes we shift to Labor Day...sometimes, we hope for a quick passing through town as we're heading up to camp in the summer...

however, I thought I'd share with you some "photos through the years" of our little Brother/Sister get togethers...or I should perhaps say, "Friendly Competitions"...

They didn't always comprise of competitions, but it was something that we thought up for fun, so that I could pound my brother with water balloons or smash sponges in his face the kids could have some enjoyable games to play together :)

We typically come up with 4-5 "minute to win it" type games and each family competes in order to win the "trophy". 

What I love about these images is the STORY that they tell...

I did line up all the cousins and get a group shot...but mostly, I wanted to capture their personalities.

I recently discovered that my great grandfather had ELEVEN siblings...

I never met my great grandfather and I "had" no idea whether he was close with his siblings or whether the cousins played together or not...

until recently...

Through the ancestry stuff that I've been searching, one of my "long lost cousins" contacted me...with twelve kids in the family, it meant for a huge age gap through the years...but it also meant that some of the siblings that were closer in age and tended to have children around the same time, spent a bit of time together...and I was able to learn stories from him AND GET PICTURES!

This is the marvelous thing about STORIES...they come alive in our imaginations...

This brings me to the pictures that follow...

I have no idea what my future family generations will want to know about me or my daughters...but, what they will find, should they go searching...are PICTURES...

Pictures that tell a STORY...

that show emotions, interaction, details, character qualities, places and most importantly, relationships.

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Do YOU know how to SEE the moments happening before you, in order to capture them in a way that freezes those "story elements" in time?

Do YOU understand that with the right equipment (and sometimes, even with an iphone) if you know what to look for, you can capture AHHHmazing pictures that will not only wow YOU and your family in the NOW, but will let your stories live on for the future?

I'm not going to lie to you...having good equipment CAN make a world of difference in the photos that you take...but, even with a DSLR camera and a kit lens, AND understanding LIGHT, COMPOSITION and just how to tweak your camera in the right way, you can see immediate improvement!!!

Be sure to check out information about my upcoming Snapshops HERE
and then email me at ctphotomemories@gmail.com to get more information...

The July date only has 2 more openings (which also means LOTS of discount per your investment...be sure to check out the SnapshopGuide to find out more!)













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