When it comes to family portraits- we know how important they are. I was recently introduced to a wonderful and cheerful woman named Leah. We saw each other frequently through a mutual friend and each time we talked it always seemed easy to open up to her. I told her about the studio, the reason why we were going in this new direction with printed photographs, my mother's passing, and how heartbreaking it had been for me. She in turn opened up about her family and her father and the disease that he is fighting. Parkinson's disease is incurable, and Serge, her father is in his 10th year of diagnosis with this slowly debilitating thief. Parkinson's disease is a thief. It steals memories, it steals emotions, and it steals happiness, so every time that her family sees his personality shine through, his laughter, a simple smile even, it is a joyful moment for them.
It started with a simple question "When was the last time you were photographed professionally with your family?"
Leah is an inspiring woman- and I mean that every bit. She's a fighter, she's a strong mother, she's got a beautiful personality and can always make you laugh or smile when you need some comforting. Her mother is the sweetest woman as well with a heart of gold. While the ladies were getting their hair and makeup done it was smiles all around. Sharing some pampering time with the two of them, seeing her mother watching Leah get her hair and makeup done she was beaming with happiness and couldn't stop gushing about how beautiful her daughter is.
They picked up their outfits and went to the changing rooms to get dressed and ready. Earrings, necklaces, and all the small details were put together and we were ready for the family session to start!
Question: What was your reason for having a photo shoot?
Answer: "It was a way for me to capture the love and strength of my beautiful family for years to come, for my children, and their children to look back and truly see this beautiful moment in time, this beautiful love that makes a family. And that that’s where they come from; It’s a moment in time, but it’s so much more." - Leah
Matt, Leah's boyfriend, joined us for a few of the shots in the beginning of the session! He took time off of work just to be there and be present in some of the photographs for Leah. It was beyond sweet and as soon as we had taken some portraits of them both with the family and the two of them, he gave her hugs and kisses and went back to work. This mirror shot shows how happy he was to spend some time with her, seeing her get pampered was a big part of the experience for them. We love that he couldn't stop smiling and saying she was gorgeous. How sweet!
The Portrait Session
During the photoshoot we had some refreshments and light snacks for the family. Our seating area is set up like a comfortable modern home atmosphere so when we needed to take breaks there was a comfortable welcoming environment for Serge and the family to sit down and rest. We changed backgrounds, changed outfits, and made sure each pose was comfortable for everyone in the shot.
Question: Why did you choose Mnemosyne Studio for your photo session?
Answer: "I was first introduced to Mnemosyne Studio and Christy and Ray through a mutual friend who is a client and knew of their incredible talent and professionalism. When I walked through the doors of Mnemosyne studio, I knew I was walking into the workplace of true artists, passionately pursuing the excellence of their craft. But more than that, I walked into a warm, inviting and loving place, that reflected the owners Christy and Ray’s ability to genuinely connect with the people they work with." - Leah
Near the end of the session Ray directed the portraits of Serge by himself. We felt it was important to capture his personality, eye connection, and facial expressions. At one point Serge turned and had the biggest smile on his face and we were able to capture it as he looked right at the camera.
Altogether, this entire photo session touched our hearts and reminds us that the true reason behind what we do is so important- spending time and energy on family togetherness is never a waste. It is a cherished gift that we hold close and sometimes we need that reminder down the road of how our family touched our lives and boosted us up when we needed it. Photographs can evoke those memories long gone and also remind us of how truly wonderful life can be.
Question: At your reveal tell us how you felt seeing your images on the wall. What was running through your mind?
Answer: "I was overwhelmed seeing the final prints!!! Looking at the portraits brought tears to my eyes. Seeing my family, our love and connection captured, and the quality of the materials and the final product truly surpassed all of my expectations!" - Leah
Thank you Leah for taking the time to exist in photographs for yourself, your family, and your children.
- Christy Miller of Mnemosyne Studio
Check out the video of Leah's family portrait session and behind the scenes below. Don't forget to like and follow us on Youtube and Facebook to keep updated with who and what we are photographing next!
Question: What was the most memorable part of your photo shoot day?
Answer: "Watching as my parents, my family were photographed and seeing the joy on their faces. Christy and Ray really helped them through this process. Taking a portrait photograph is more than just snapping a picture, capturing an image, it’s about connecting with the real live person in front of you, and bringing that person and their personality out into the spotlight. Christy and Ray really gave my family a gift, they put their heart and soul into getting the most amazing portraits of the people I love the most." - Leah