Over the years, I have had many the email requesting images of grandparents/parents for a funeral. I have often heard ‘You have taken the best photograph of Mum that we have ever seen’….Nearly 12 months ago, I lost my father. On looking for an image to put on the casket, I had real trouble finding one that was ‘appropriate’. Don’t get me wrong, there are stacks of wonderful images around of my Dad, though nothing recent that was ‘formal’ enough. Even being the photographer in the family, I had not put the thought into needing such images – in fact, like the plumber who’s taps leak, I am too busy taking photos of other peoples families – not my own. Having said all of that, I love this image so much. I can see my brother and sister in Dad’s face (not sure where I disappeared to!) and he looks so very happy. The child in me can very much relate to the man in this photograph.
Whilst we did not have a recent image to show of Dad, this one is a cracker! It just goes to show how meaningful portraits really are. Missing you every day Dad. xxxx