The Grandparent Project
The Grandparent Project is a personal project that is inspired by my own childhood memories. Growing up with 4 Grandparents, 4 Great Grandparents, and one Great-Great Grandma, my grandparents were a very important part of my childhood.
I learned to swim in my Grandparent’s pool, and practiced riding my bike on their driveway. I learned work ethic helping with housework, cleaning their car, or picking their weeds. I learned the importance of slowing down and enjoying the little things in life while sitting on their front porch watching the birds look for food in the lawn, smelling the summer breeze and watching the clouds go by, or taking a walk through the field and stopping to appreciate the flowers, collecting things to later make a craft with. Once in school I would spend lunch time at their house watching The Flinstone’s. Having them close by meant I would stop by to say “hi” and grab a cookie from the cookie jar before heading to a friend’s house after school. Weekends meant sleepovers with the best popcorn I have ever eaten and the sugary cereal my parents would never buy.
I am fortunate to have several photographs of time spent with my grandparents but looking through I wish there were more of the everyday moments. Walking down the streets, sitting on their porch, or Grandma making peanut butter cookies in the kitchen. Photographs of grandparent’s in their favorite yard-work shirt, the coveralls Grandpa wore when working in the garage or workshop. Photographs working in the garden or doing a puzzle. Photographs of my grandpa’s big hands holding onto my little hand. That’s where The Grandparent project was born.
I am currently looking for new participants for The Grandparent project and would love to chat with you about how we can capture these one of a kind memories for your family. I am happy to come to your home, a retirement home, or a nursing home to meet with you to photograph these special memories. These portraits are best captured at home, where we can incorporate details of daily life. Think, sitting at the table with a mug used for coffee everyday while reading the morning paper, or sitting in the living room in a chair that’s been in the family forever, maybe sitting on the couch watching the news at noon. These are all things I think about when I think of my grandparents , you’re story might be different, but I want to help you capture it.
Participants of the Grandparent project will receive 2 digital portraits as a thank you for your time.