I couldn’t do this photography gig if I didn’t do the odd special project or fun photo shoot every now and then where I wasn’t getting paid for it, but doing it for the love of it.
I believe as a photographer I have a special gift to give and that is capturing those little moments that can’t be repeated for whatever reason – it could be its just a sponteneous reaction or in today’s case, it’s coming to the latter part of a family member’s life and you simply just don’t know when you might capture their last little smile …
This morning Im editing some photos from a special little project I did over Christmas.
My mum spent Christmas 2011 in hospital and we got to know the lady in the next bed and her daughter – Joan and Coralee. And as us daughters seemed to be spending the same 6 hours a day with our mum’s in hospital we became friendly and most of the chit-chat revolved around the 4 of us … and alot of it was about the cricket as they were all huge cricket fans, but not I, however it was interesting hearing them all talk with so much knowledge and passion about the game and the characters in it.
Anyway I took some photos of Coralee and her mum Joan as she had mentioned she had over the years had family photos taken at a Penrith photography studio, but as her mum has gotten older hasn’t been able to do so, so being a professional photographer I thought it was a gift I could give them.
It was a great opportunity for the girls to get their makeup and hair done and Joan was in high spirits. It reminded me that no matter what age we are, we all deserve and need a little pampering now and then.
Joan couldn’t move out of her hospital bed so with limited space we did a mini photo shoot in the hospital cubicle. Location wasn’t important, it was the connection between mother and daughter that was so powerful. This mother and daughter have a great connection as carer/patient/mother/daughter as I had the priveledge of watching over the week my Mum was in the hopsital.
It would probably be the last professional photos Coralee would have taken with her mum. We shared something really special for that week :-)