For Mother's Day this past May, I switched up my role of Onion Studio designer for Onion Studio client. Family photos have become somewhat of a thing of the past since all the grandkids started growing up and moving away. We still get together, but Grandpa's not video-taping birthday parties anymore and the only photos we're taking are for our Instagram feeds.
So, for Mother's Day, I really wanted to do something extra special that would be a gift my mom and grandma could keep for a lifetime. I decided to do a "Generations" photoshoot with Dylan to showcase the women of our family line. I booked Elizabeth Dugan Hairstylist and Makeup Artist to do our makeup, then whisked my mom and grandma away to Buffalo.
It could not have been a more meaningful gift. My mom and grandma don't normally get gussied up these days, so to see them in lipstick and fake eyelashes was a totally wonderful experience for me. I saw them as the youthful, vibrant people who raised me, but also as the strong, independent women they've always been, before I was in the picture.
Dylan photographed us on the natural light set on the second floor of Onion Studio, so the photos are very raw, candid and emotional. As accustomed as I am to the quality of portraiture at Onion S tudio, I was still un-prepared to see my own family captured. I now have these stunning portraits of my mom and grandma that I never had before, and photos of the three of us that I can someday show my kids. There was a lot of laughter during the session, and I'm so glad Dylan was able to capture it. Laughter is a big part of our lives, and the photos are truly a perfect representation of the three of us.