Thursday, May 23, 2013

Family


Family.

Some of you are fortunate to all live in the same city.  Generation after generation.  Coming together for weddings, funerals, births, baptisms, graduations, holidays, weekends at the shore.
Unfortunately, our family is scattered about.  Alaska, Utah, Iowa, Ohio, Virginia, Florida.  So family get-togethers rarely happen.  But when they do, it is great!

We had a grandson graduating in Iowa this past weekend and took that opportunity to fly to Cincinnati to visit grandchildren before heading on to Des Moines for the graduation.  We packed a lot of activity into those 4 days.  Grandsons' baseball games, museums, movies, board games, ice cream, pizza, pizza and more pizza!

Our daughter-in-law asked if I would take their family photos at a park before the graduation ceremonies.  "Of course", I said, only to stress myself out over it.  I can shoot birds, landscapes, beaches, skies, buildings  But people??  I'm so awful at it!  I definitely need more practice.  Thank goodness I have a arsenal of editing programs to clean up my poor images.

With that said, I'll share some with you.  All grandkids --8 boys, 1 girl -- except for one, made the cut.  He was busy working ... saving up for that car.
























Family.
Part of something bigger than ourselves.
Where we will love and be loved.
No matter what.




29 comments:

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely, the grandchildren, oh.

Tabor said...

I would feel the pressure as well, but my daughter has me do the snapshots of family stuff all the time. Her expectations are reasonable so I do not worry too much.

Country Girl said...

I am already having a bad day and it's not even 7 am. I think your post just turned it around. These are wonderful, Reena. I can't wait to see you!

Lisa Gordon said...

What a beautiful family you have, Reena, and your trip sounds like it was so much fun!

Kerri said...

Oh, I think these are AWESOME!

biebkriebels said...

You did a great job! Funny they all look different. The last picture is wonderful too.

Brian Miller said...

smiles...glad you got to go hang with them...and what a treat..you are an amazing photographer....and you capture the essence of the fam in your pics....

Ross said...

I think you did a fantastic job with these shots. What a great opportunity for you to catch up with family, and I'm happy you had the chance get in so much quality time with family.

Evelyn S. said...

I think you did a great job with the family shots! Wonderful capture of personalities, too...which is so important! I've been the "family photographer" for years...and this weekend, I do the annual "girls" photos of my youngest sister's 3 daughters and their 6 daughters!

Patricia said...

Oh how I enjoyed the next to the last photo. It's wonderful (as usual). I have a hard time with photos of people as well. I'm much more comfortable taking photos in the garden, or of our trips to the beach. Our kids live elsewhere, so I know how you feel about getting together. Next month our little core family will be altogether in a little town on the Oregon coast. We'll have four generations together and even though I'm not so good at people photos, you can bet I'm going to take as many photos as I can while I have all the grandkids in one place at the same time.

Jennifer Richardson said...

ohhhh, grandma you did GOOD!
really wonderful shots
and i know just what you mean
....somehow it's hard to take
candid shots of family,
especially when the silly's come on:)
beautiful legacy.
beautiful photos.
well done, you.
-Jennifer

Claudia said...

What a beautiful family - I'd say you can handle taking photographs of people very nicely indeed! We're a far-flung family too.

xo
Claudia

jennyfreckles said...

Great photos, I should say you graduated on the people-photos crash course! I especially like the one of those four young men framed in the window. It encapsulates their youthful energy and so there is a nice tension and energy in it.

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Superb photos... watch out you may have a new career!

One of these days I'm going to get me some grandkids!.... Enjoy!

Grace

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Nice! I am with you, I'm not really comfortable photographing people.

Hilary said...

You did a fantastic job if it. That one with the four boys is wonderful. The expression on the youngest boy's face is priceless!

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful portraits!
Nice to see you got a shot of Union Terminal, an iconic symbol of my hometown.

Michael Manning said...

My hometown and Union Terminal! Great photos...

eileeninmd said...

Lovely grandchildren and your people shots are great. Reena, you look so young to have 8 grandchildren. You must be doing something right there. Have a happy weekend!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

You have a really beautiful family and I think you did an amazing job capturing the fun and personalities!!

Kamana {Naashia} said...

what wonderful portraits. i love the one of the four boys.

Florida Farm Girl said...

I cannot believe this!!!! My granddaughter graduated last weekend here in Indianola, too!! Oh, how I wish I had known you were coming. Ah, well. Another time or place.

Rose L said...

I am hoping for more reunions of family in the future. I just saw them in February though it was a sad way for a reunion after several years, My husband had died and we all got together for a memorial service.

GailO said...

How wonderful these portraits are! Looks like you captured lots of personality:) I find it extremely hard to take pictures of people.

Sometimes I find myself complaining of how far away one of my daughters lives...but in reality it is only an hour and a half drive and I am truly lucky! In todays busy life though it is still difficult to get everyone together often enough for me:)

Nancy Claeys said...

You did great. :)

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Your people pictures are great! Love family photos.

Betty Manousos said...

gorgeous portraits!

what a beautiful family!

happy sunday~

big hugs

Marcie said...

What fun!! It just doesn't happen often enough - these family gatherings. Photos to hold on to and remember forever!!

Pat Tillett said...

Great photos of your beautiful family!