Photography is my hobby (what I do regularly for pleasure) and has been all of my life. Most people that know me from all walks of my life, know and remember me taking pictures. I’ve always had a passion for pictures and my camera is my American Express; “I don’t leave home without it.” It was my greatest asset during my travel to study abroad. (Photos taken by Frances L. Murphy, PhD.)
Because I lost my parents at an early age, pictures of them were the next best thing to them existing to me. When I would see pictures of them, I used to study them; thinking I could get to know them, if I really concentrated. So I view pictures as opportunities to capture memories.
In most of the pictures I saw of my parents, they were standing so far back, I really could not see their faces. It seemed to be some type of trend, (back in the black and white picture days) because it seemed as if a lot of pictures were taken that way. Because of my challenges in seeing pictures of my parents, I prefer up close and personal; portrait photography.
The most enjoyable part of my hobby is that I do it for pleasure; so I can have my own preferences. One of my preferences is taking family portraits, because family pathology is my passion. Of course, my own family is my Number One target. To let you know how they feel about it, they call me “Paparazzi!” Anytime I walk in the door to a family event, they will say, “Oh, Paparazzi is here!”
My ultimate focus of this Encore journey is to create and build my legacy (the value that I hand down). I understand that it will take time and it will grow and change as I grow and change. In my opinion, family portraits captures legacies. The family portrait I am most honored to capture are generational pictures; 3rd Generation, 4th Generation and 5th Generation; with 3rd Generation being the most common and 5th Generation being the most challenging.
I was most THANKFUL to be able to capture a 4 Generation for My GrandDaughter Mink on her Maternal side! Her Great GrandMother Edna King (second from the left) is currently 93 years old; she was 92 years old when this picture was taken. I pray I am able to capture another one, now that she has grown.
Continuing to use my camera to capture my Encore journey, memories and building a legacy…
So when you see me, be ready to capture a memory and be a part of my legacy!!
Until next time…