Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Do you know where you've come from?

I follow a lot of other photographer's blogs and came across a post today that reminded me that I've been wanting to write a similar post! Davina Fear wrote about her grandmother passing away (click HERE to read her post) and looking at all of the pictures and wondering what the stories behind them were and wondering about her grandmothers life and realizing she will never know the answers. About 2 years ago, soon after I had Haley, I decided I wanted to document where we came from. Our families, as far back as I could find, and what they looked like when they were babies, toddlers and teenagers. Where did we get our nose & eyes? And what were our grandparents and great grandparents like as children? Once these people are gone from our lives we will never again have the opportunity to hear their stories first hand. So, I challenge you all to look back and ask questions of the people who have paved the way for you. What are their favorite childhood memories, etc. You won't be disappointed.
Here's a little peak into what I found
~ Erin

Left- my side of the family: the top is my dad's side and the bottom half is my mom's
Right- Top Left: My dad's mother as a child Top Right: Me at 2yrs old
Bottom Left: My mom's Dad Bottom Right: My mom at 2 yrs old

Top: My mom & grandpa, My grandpa before he went to serve in WWII, My mom
Bottom: Me, My grandmother and great grandparents

Top Left: my dad's dad at 3 or 4 yrs old Top Right and bottom left: My dad as a baby
Bottom Right: My grandparents (dad's parents) when they were either dating or just married

My mother's mom with her parents. I LOVE this image. She was the first born of 6 or 7 kids and has an amazing story! I think she was a pioneer for women today, going to college and making her own way in that time period.

Top Left: my husbands mother Left: My husbands grandmother (his dad's mother). One of my favorite pictures!

Left (top & bottom): my husbands mom
Middle: My husbands mom and her family when they were teenagers
Left: My chubby little husband when he was a baby and 2 yrs old. He's thinned out a bit since then. :-)

Top: My husband, his great grandparents on his dad's side
Bottom: My husband's Dad, his grandpa & his grandma (on his dad's side)

Top: My husbands dad, his grandma
Bottom: His grandpa (on his mom's side), and his mom


Armin de Fiesta said...

This is a really, really great post Erin. Thanks for sharing some of your family history!

Chuck said...

I love looking back on my family history. My Grandma Allen has done extensive research on my Allen side. My mom's side is easily traceable too, though not as well photographed. My Grandpa Allen has a WWII era camera and tons of old negatives he shot with it. I cant wait to get my hands on those and possibly make some prints!