Father’s Day was very hard for me this year. The first one without my dad. I had to think hard when the last time I was actually with my dad on Father’s Day. I believe it was June 19, 2005. The San Antonio Spurs were in the playoffs (Go Spurs Go!) versus the Detroit Pistons in game 5 of a best of 7 series that they’d go on to win. It was a great day!
The years that followed were phone conversations that went something like this:
Me: “Happy Father’s Day daddy-o!”
Dad: “Thank you baby.”
Me: “What are your plans for today?”
Dad: “Depends on what time you get here”
That was my dad. He wanted our time. Of course, he never hesitated to give us a wish list but time with his family was more important.
So that brings me to this blog. Father’s Day was hard, yes. But I did have my husband and father-in-law to celebrate. I knew what I had to do. Picking up my camera and taking pictures of my father-in-law with his adult kids would be therapeutic. And I was right. My heart needed to do this. It was a way for me to thank my husband for being so supportive when my father passed away. I don’t know if I would’ve been able to get through the services without him holding me up. Sometimes literally.
This session was the perfect example of choosing the right location for your family. I thought there was no better place than my father-in-law’s home since he values the importance of home and family just as much as my dad did. This home is where the family birthday celebrations happen. There have been a couple of Easter egg hunts here too. It is the Friday night place to be to unwind, to talk and joke about the work week, and sometimes dance a little.
There’s a small room behind the house with so much history that it was a no-brainer to have the guys stand in front of it.
My father-in-law welcomed me into the family with loving arms since the day we met! I like to say I’m his favorite daughter-in-law haha! He is kind, will drop what he’s doing to help someone in need, loves his kids and grandkids a ton and that’s probably why he is loved by so many people.
This session is not quite complete but sharing it was a must for me. Portrait sessions can be anywhere. Why not your home? After all, Home is where the heart is.
Until next time!