They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and when it comes to capturing our family history, photos are a powerful tool. Each life has its own deep history, experiences, and connections. At Sound Options, we put that life at the heart of our mission to improve the lives we touch through the compassionate delivery of high quality family care. The holiday season is often a time when we visit family and capture memories with pictures. Here are just a few ideas and inspirational examples for creating intentional and meaningful shots that capture generations of family.
- Hands/ Wedding Rings: Gather as many generations as you have and take pictures of their hands with wedding rings or signature jewelry showing.
- Objects: gather the family around a meaningful object like a quilt heirloom, or favorite book.
- Locations: capture your loved one in the places they love on a boat or beach, in a favorite local restaurant, or even in a favorite vacation spot.
- Action Shots: capture your loved ones doing the activities they love, gardening, painting, playing an instrument, sewing, cooking in the kitchen.
- Generations: Take photos of your loved ones holding photos of their children.
- Take pictures of everyone exhibiting the same behaviors. Bookend the very oldest and youngest in the family in a single photo.
- Gather or photograph a piece of your loved ones’ handwriting from a letter, list, recipe, or card.
For further inspiration:
- Check out a beautiful, humorous, and candid photo essay by Phillip Toledando that captures days spent with his aging father.
- The blog, “The New Old Age” has a great article by Susan Seliger called, “How to Shoot a Photo to Remember” about capturing a parent or loved one through photos.
Published on December 3, 2012.