I have had the honour of creating several slideshows and photo books for Father’s Day.
Weaving together hundreds of photos, songs and words. Divulging stories, imparting messages from daughters, sons, grandchildren and wives in my own distinctive way.
I rendezvoused with a close friend today. She had selected over sixty photos from her collection to tell her husband’s story. The nine-year story of him being Dad.
Understanding the story and identifying the storyteller is always step one for me. Is this story told by a wife or a child? What words would they use, what phrases are unique to them?
We sipped lattes as I took notes, phrases to use, quotes from her children describing their Dad. Her own memories of conversations and moments, slices of life she has stored in her photos.
She suddenly fell silent and looked down.
Then I heard her inhale deeply as she glanced back up at me, all misty eyed and said, “Everyone needs to do this”.
“Do what?” I said. “Go out for breakfast?”
She laughed “Yes of course and they need to dig through their photo collection more often.”
“It was so emotional and amazing to just collect the photos for you! I want everyone to feel this. Seeing photos I had not looked at for years, him with our babies, his pride on their first day of school, reading to them and teaching them to ride their bikes. I remembered all these things happening I didn’t remember the expressions and the gestures.
“Addictive isn’t it?” I said.
“Ohh I cannot wait to have you make another one.”
And that everyone is what I love most about my craft. I love to revisit photos, to remember days, times, feelings, moments when a photo was taken.
To uncover your buried memories and provide a medium for all the incredible stories to be told.
Do you have a story locked up in your hard drive, is it your last holiday, a day at the zoo, the first year of your child’s life, your relationship with your Dad.
Not sure how it could look. Here is an example of a story told by a child to his Dad for Father’s day.
Don’t worry I am not spoiling the surprise I was kindly given permission to share this as Ray, the Dad, has already seen it. Yes, Caleb was so thrilled he could not wait to give it to him, a gift to me in itself.
You can read about Ray’s reaction here on his wife’s incredible travel blog.
I am still taking Father’s Day orders until Friday 23rd August. Contact me today and I will weave my artistic magic into your very own story.