Carmel emailed me just before Christmas looking for a voucher for a photo shoot with her mom. We spoke over the phone and later she messaged me: ‘Wow, before & after and testimonials make me sure that you are who I want for me & my mams day.’ So we were set to do a shoot with her mom. But as we were talking about it more, Carmel suggested that she would love to have her daughter and granny included too – that would be the perfect ‘Four Generations’portrait! I thought that this would be absolutely incredible and we changed all the plans to make it happen 🙂
Carmel is a hard working mom and with her husband they run very successful local business, Focus Visual Communication, which specialise in portable displays . Whenever she is free, she spends her time with the family. I could tell straight away that they have a special bond.
Carmel is also a photographer, she had a few exhibitions in the past and I thought to myself that it was a great challenge for me to make a portrait of somebody who has such a great ‘eye’ for photography.
Carmel’s Granny lived in a Nursing home in Waterford and we planned it just right to be with her after the shooting in the studio in the morning. While I was taking photos of her mom and daughter, her granny was enjoying a bit of pampering herself, having her hair and make-up done. We didn’t do anything major, just to highlight her beautiful eyes and face features for this very special portrait.
We arrived at the nursing home and it was a beautiful feeling… Of course! This is one of the most important photos of their life! Capturing the age difference between the oldest and youngest member of the family! How exciting is that!! Jules was 11 and Carmel’s granny was 92, just wow! 🙂 We had a few laughs and really amazing moments between the four of them, and I went back to my studio to start editing. One thing was certain – these photos will be treasured for another generation and I was so happy to be part of it.
All our planning worked perfectly and it was a really special occasion, as it should be. Carmel got an amazing collection of photos as well as some Wall Art Canvas, and I also gave one to Carmel’s granny. She was delighted to have it on her desk , look at every day.
We had done this in March and in July I got a message from Carmel: ‘Hi Bara, I thought you’d like to know that my granny died this afternoon very peacefully. She was 93 last month and had been in great health all along.’ I felt sad for them losing her, but as Carmel said, she had an amazing life and she was loved and looked after by all the children & grandchildren.
The day of the session I took a photo of her, just by herself. I always think that it’s important to have one, because it’s a different energy coming out from the photo, not like when there is a group of people. And so I was even happier when I could provide this photo for Carmel for her granny’s funeral, where everybody could see her so happy and relaxed.
This is going to be one of my most memorable sessions, even now looking at the photos they make me smile! And I’m happy for having the chance to be there for Carmel. In another 50 years, Jules might be a granny herself and she can show this to her grandchildren to remind them that once upon a time there was a family member before them, and they meant so much.
Carmel asked me to add this testimonial:
This year, treat yourself and those you love to a photo session with Bara Alich. She captures more than just your image and I’m so grateful we had the chance to have four generations, including my late granny, photographed by her last March. A photo session with Bara is an amazing experience and one I highly recommend to everyone. It meant so much to us all, especially now that all we have left are photos & happy memories!
There is never a better time then NOW to take photos. Contact me today to have your session done with your loved ones. I look forward to hearing your family story 🙂