Featured Family Stories

13
Aug

From the Great Depression to the Twenty-first Century, my Grandma always had moxie

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Grandma. She’s the little girl standing front and center in the first photo. She just turned 95. . She likes to tell us that the family looks like share croppers in this picture. She was raised in Kansas and grew up during the Great Depression. One of her favorite stories to tell is about raising […]

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10
Aug

My Grandma Drove a Race Car

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My awesome grandmother and her awesome Firebird. . She was born and raised in London; her home was bombed by the Nazis while she and her family slept. . She met my grandfather in Germany while he was serving in the US Army. After they got married, they moved to Kentucky. Later, they moved to […]

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05
Aug

Reflecting on how we would feel if family photos didn’t exist

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There is so much of my grandmother’s life that I’d love to share with the world, an Instagram caption would never be enough. Whether it’s learning more of our Pittsburgh roots or what life was like growing up during the Great Depression, which is something that is not often spoken about. . One of our […]

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03
Aug

The Most Nostalgic and Treasured Family Photos are Usually the Simple Ones

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My mother in England in the late 1980s, photographed by her elder sister, who had moved there from India a few years prior. . I have been privy to the childhoods of my mother, her two sisters and their children through the thousands of photographs in my family’s archive. . A majority of them are […]

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02
Aug

Your Story is the Greatest Legacy You Will Leave

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“Your story is the greatest legacy that you will leave…it’s the longest-lasting legacy you leave.” ~Steve Saint . Thinking of my parents as we remember and celebrate my dad, who passed away ten years ago. We honor his legacy on his tenth anniversary in heaven. . I love how happy my mom and dad are […]

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28
Jul

A Single Snapshot Captures a Friendship that Spanned Generations

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Some flashbacks are better than others, especially when they bring back memories of dear friends and family. . Here I am in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at Alverno College. I’m on the left, my mom is on the right. One of my mom’s best friends, Sister Andre, is front and center. During her college years at Marquette […]

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24
Jul

Even Though They are Gone, Their Photos Remain with Me

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I had a teary night looking back over family albums. Sadly, so many of my family members are no longer here with me. There are so many stories I wish I’d asked them to recall, to tell me before they were gone. . What was it like escaping the war? What was the secret recipe […]

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19
Jul

A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it

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“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” – Edward Steichen . These are some of my favorite family photos from my childhood. They have inspired my journey as a professional photographer. My grandfather captured many moments in our family’s life in Italy. I’m so thankful for these images. […]

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18
Jul

A Polaroid Sparks Fun Memories of Growing up in the Bronx

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I just found this Polaroid of my family’s house in the Bronx with my grandmother and my uncle Gypsy on the porch. So many memories here, some of my best. . I was just telling someone about the time we had a cookout in the fenced-in area with a TV facing out of the bottom […]

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06
Jul

Family Photos Remind us that life is beautiful in simple terms

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My wife and son back when he was a real little kid – funny how certain family photos carry a kind of talismanic charge in the context of a family life. . Roland Barthes spoke of the punctum a photograph can carry/evoke. This photo filled with the emotions of those young days in the life […]

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