Exist in Photos | NYC Portrait Photographer

 

In May, I lost my Grandpa to Cancer. He’d been fighting for about 5 years but lost his battle. Before he passed away, I spoke to my Mom and Grandma and was told that he wasn’t doing too well. After those phone calls I just felt that I needed to be there. I’m so grateful I was able to fly out to be with him on his last days and I held his hand until his last breath. Those last moments reminded me how fragile life is and how blessed I am as a Photographer to be able to capture life. In a way, my photographs preserve life. Every photograph I take will outlast me for years and years to come. And those memories will be cherished for a lifetime. So why am I telling you this sappy story? Well, because I want to stress the importance of existing in photos. I spoke about this in a blog post a few years ago and it’s rings true now more than ever. So fast-forward to September when my Grandma was visiting my family in Virginia. I told my Mom, Grandma, and sisters that I wanted to take a picture of the girls. Besides my Wedding, I don’t have any pictures with my Grandma.

Like her, my mom and sisters, don’t like taking pictures. I knew this and I knew it would be like pulling teeth to get them to agree with it. But time is the one thing we don’t have enough of and no matter what the obstacles were, (i.e.: everyone telling me that they hate taking pictures) I had to make this happen. So I turned my parents living room into a studio, set my camera up on a tripod, made everyone get dressed up, and did a photo shoot. I set my camera on a timer and ran back and forth for each picture.  It was tiring running back and forth, but I can’t take all of the credit for the photos. My favorite 5-year-old nephew (aka my only 5-year-old nephew) helped me out with posing and he did a great job of pushing the button. Ha-ha! I also took a photo of each one of us with my Grandma. At the end of the day, everyone was happy and I would dare say that they actually enjoyed it. :) I’m so grateful that my Mom let me completely rearrange her living room to do this photo shoot. I will cherish these memories forever. 

Washington D.C. Family Photographer
Washington D.C. Family Photographer | Photography by Leandra
Washington D.C. Family Photographer | Photography by Leandra
Washington D.C. Family Photographer | Photography by Leandra
Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia Family Photographer | Photography by Leandra
Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia Family Photographer | Photography by Leandra
 The 5-year-old behind the camera.
 My Mommy!
Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia Family Photographer | Photography by Leandra

Last but not least today is my sister's Birthday! Happy Birthday! I love you!