Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Byrd Family / Four Generations

The photo shoot with the Byrd family was a little different than anything I had done before. I was invited into a family gathering of four generations where they were celebrating... well... just being all together in one place at one time on a beautiful afternoon. What a fantastic idea! I arrived right about the time they all were filling up their plates to eat so I was able to wander around for a bit before any "formal" photography started. The property was a gorgeous setting with a lake and a dock and moss covered trees and the entire Byrd family was welcoming and personable (it may have helped that just as I stepped onto the back porch and meet eyes with Jeni Byrd, my cousin Angie's childhood friend, that I put two and two together and realized I actually knew the Byrd family.) But it was when I was exploring around the house that I began to really get to know this family.

As a photographer I am, of course, drawn to pictures. And I found myself standing in front of the perfect little display of old and new photographs in the corner of a room. As my eyes widened and I took in the images I heard a voice come from just over my shoulder, "That's me and my wife," he said, "That picture was taken when I was in the navy in Virginia." I was looking at a black and white picture of a beautiful young couple, the girl was in a dress and had thick dark hair with a flower in it and the boy was in a white uniform. They were looking into each other's eyes, smiling. "I'm the patriarch of this family, you know," he continued. And I turned to meet Darrell Byrd.

From the day that young couple was all dolled up, all in love and captured on film to this day where we stood in a house together talking over pictures, three more generations of Byrds had come into the world. And today they were all gathered here to celebrate what they cherished most, each other.

I took note of the image and the story and made sure that it made it outside with me when we set up under the towering trees to capture more pictures that told grand stories to be displayed in homes for generations to come.


About Caroline

I decided my destiny was to be an artist at age five when I won an honorable mention in a art competition in kindergarten. Ever since then I have been following a dream that has manifested itself in a variety of rewarding and delightful ways. I have practiced in the field of graphic design for over 8 years and recently acquired my Masters in Graphic Design at NC State University in Raleigh, NC (check out my design portfolio by clicking here if you like). But a passion that has stuck with me ever since I got my hands on my first Nikon camera in my undergraduate art education at Florida State University is photography. The instruction I received there was but a seed in what would develop over the next years of my life. Recently I have begun photographing people in their celebrations of life and could not feel any more blessed to be a part of capturing those memories.

About This Blog

A great american writer once wrote, "If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world, and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan my day." EB White penned the thoughts of my own heart. One part of me is a graphic designer working to challenge the world, seeking out problems and striving to create avenues for change. The other part is seeking out the beauties of the world and working to capture them in our memories forever through photography. This is what you will find here. Me enjoying the world. I have been truly fortunate to photograph such incredible people at truly beautiful moments in life. I can only hope that the images I've collected will forever keep alive those thoughts and emotions that swelled in their hearts and minds that day.

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