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a portrait’s enduring value

It was during my first year of business that I photographed Penny and this image is one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken:

It was taken January 23, 2006. One couldn’t tell by the image, per se, but we were wrapping up Penny’s pregnancy session when I saw her face from this angle and just grabbed the shot. Often times, those grab-shots turn out to be the best images.

Less than a month later, Penny returned with her 9-day-old son and her mother who was in town visiting her new grandbaby. It was a very special session for me, one of the first newborns I’d been honored to photograph. Penny’s mother was telling us about when Penny was a baby and we all marveled about how we had no idea what our parents had done or given for us until we became parents ourselves. We had a lot of laughs that morning, joking that Penny’s baby boy might set some all-time records for Christine Gacharna Photography what with his aim and all — I still smile each time I shoot a naked newborn, thinking of that morning.

Penny and I have since moved to different states. A week ago, I got an email from a mutual friend who told me that Penny lost her mother over the holidays. My heart aches for her and her family and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very difficult time. Her mother was beautiful.



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  • Christine - thank you! you are exactly right, this is why we do what we do. a portrait that is simply nice to look at a day, week, month later will likely be, in time, priceless to hold. (that’s why I keep telling everyone who will listen, print print print your digital files!)ReplyCancel

  • Brooke Schwab Photography - This is why we do what we do! I love that we can capture special memories and stop life for a second. It is price less. These images are so sweet and true. Great work.ReplyCancel

  • Miette - I thought “Penny”? Surely that’s Monica! But the resemblance in that photo is very strong (to me at least…). I am so sorry for Penny’s loss–knowing what a strong vivacious woman she is, I can only assume much of it came from her mother. They will all be in my prayers! Thanks for the remembrance, Christine.ReplyCancel