Love is beautiful. I have the honour of capturing love it all it’s forms. From a parent’s love as they hold their new babe and are exploding with a love they’ve never encountered before to the young love of two people preparing for a life-long commitment to each other. Yet, I find I’m captivated by old love. The kind of love that has stood the test of time, long-after the newness of infatuation has left, and after years of hard work when love was tested and tried, and that my friend’s is what is on the bog today: An Old Love mini session at Drysdale’s Tree Farm.
These two have been married for over 45 years, but what really makes this session sweet and close to my heart is that these are my grandparents. My mom had booked a session for them as a gift for Christmas and while it was a gift for them, I think it turned out to be more of a gift for me. Let me explain why.
First of all, these two tend to be quite sassy to one another. Time with them usually entails a few smart remarks from my Grandfather, which in turn stirs a reaction of an eye-roll followed by a “tell your Grandfather to put a sock in it” from my Grandma. So when we began the session, I expected sarcastic comments, but instead I was surprised with my Grandfather being romantic and seeing my Grandma light up with some of the biggest smiles I’ve ever seen.
Secondly, as I was editing these photos, I found myself tearing up to know that these are cherished memories showcasing two people I love. These are photos that more than a gift at Christmas time, these are heirloom photographs that I look forward to showing my grandchildren one day. As I look at these photos, I see two people still in love (even amongst the sarcastic comments) at a beautiful tree farm.
I might sound like a broken record here, but I truly think photographs are a treasured gift for the present and future. So today, I get to feature a session that probably means more to me than anyone reading this, but may it be an encouragement to you to treasure those around you and book that session of your loved ones.