Because Time Marches on…
Yesterday I was in the greeting card section of Target with tears streaming down my face. I was trying to find a card to tell our son, David, just how proud we are of him.
On June first, he will graduate from Aiken High School– Our tiny baby with the big head (giant head?!?!) is almost 19. How did that happen?
“The days are long, but the years are short.” –Gretchen Rubin
When David was a toddler, women often stopped us to admire his beautiful red hair. The older women would tell me “Enjoy these times because they are gone too quickly.” I tried to take their advice and appreciate the baby/toddler years, but those were some looong days. I remember daydreaming about getting a full night’s sleep and taking a shower alone… Now I am getting used to doing everything alone 😥
In August David will be moving into a dorm at Clemson to study engineering. We have one more year before our younger son, Alex, joins him and then our nest will be empty. This is a very exciting time in our lives. I am really enjoying the men that our boys are becoming. David and Alex are Smart, funny and kind. We are so blessed.
As our boys get older they will eventually (hopefully) start families of their own. The pictures I have taken throughout the years will become more and more important to us. As the generations move on. These pictures, these records, will take on even greater significance. I can imagine my great, great granddaughter looking through the pictures that have been saved. She will be wondering who I was and what it was like to live in South Carolina at this time. Much the same way I was looking at photos of my great, great grandmother and her mother several years ago at my father’s house.
I want to help families create images that will tell their stories for years to come. That is why I am creating Christine McKeel Photography. I’ll be offering lifestyle photography sessions to families in the Aiken area. Unlike going to a studio for a portrait, lifestyle sessions are low stress and lots of fun! They capture the love and connection within a family. During lifestyle sessions, the family is photographed in their home. The are images are inspired by life.
They say business people are most successful when they “scratch their own itch.” That is why I dusted off my camera.
When my boys were young, the only option in Aiken were portrait studios– I was not interested. I have always wanted more from the images of my family. I wanted to capture our memories, our things and our stories. If this service had been available when my boys were young, I would have had photos made of us:
- Playing with trains
- Shooting rockets
- Making cookies
- Giving the boys a bath
- Reading bedtime stories
I did manage to capture some of these things, but I did not have the skill, time, or equipment to make the images I can make today. Since then, I have:
- Spent 15+ years learning the art of photography.
- Invested in cameras and lenses designed to capture these kinds of moments (just ask my husband)😊💰
The photos I make for my clients will be treasured and handed down through generations. I am not just a photographer, I am a storyteller. I hope you will consider letting me tell your story. Be sure to check out my website, ChristineMcKeel.com, to see samples of my latest work and learn more about lifestyle photography. Share this with your friends and let me know if I can help you enjoy these times!