I was super stoked to receive an e-mail from Photo District News notifying me that I was one of their winners in this year’s “Celebrations” contest! This competition was centered on how we – as humans - celebrate private events, weddings, cultural events, corporate gatherings, and holidays. I took this as an opportunity to submit the work I shoot of my own family (vs. the images I usually take of my clients' families) and sent in a photograph I took of my husband, Jim, sitting at my Grampie’s Christmas dinner table for the first time. Many celebrations have occurred around this table over the years, Birthdays, Easter, Thanksgiving, Mother's, and Father's Day. It was extra special to introduce Jim to our family’s Christmas dinner tradition.
My grandfather, Leo, lives in Sykesville, Maryland in a house that was built in 1895. My late grandmother’s taste and décor still radiates throughout the home: wallpaper adorned with flowers and birds, lace tablecloths, hand knitted kettle covers, and wooden cabinets with a beautiful collection of bone china and dishware. As we – the “kids” in the family – have grown older and moved further away; our Christmas dinner has scaled down a bit. The time we spend together now is more precious than ever. To get a peak at our full Christmas story, click “here”! (...because… Christmas stories in May – why not, right?)