Monday, September 14, 2009

snapshot = future family heirloom?

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This past weekend was my family reunion. Sort of. It was actually the family reunion for the kids and grandkids (and great grandkids) of Dick & Alice Verhoef. And since Alice was my great aunt, my family was invited to tag along. I have some very fond memories of previous family reunions and get togethers, and it had been several years since many of us had seen one another.

Many of us brought some wonderful old photos from my grandmother's generation - simple snapshots at the time, I'm sure, but today they are treasured memories. A glimpse at another world, another time. And as we photographed one another at the various reunion activities I wondered if someday these goofy snapshots would become family heirlooms for future generations? Maybe...

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I love this photo - this is family. Not the stuffy Sears portrait (no offense Sears) - this is LIFE.

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This illustrates the chaos of getting a big family together for a portrait.

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We worked it out, though.

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A huge thanks to Heidi and her family (pictured above) for organizing every activity and pestering everyone to come - we had a wonderful time!

And now for some color photos:

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Day 2 of the reunion - Seal Beach, of course! I love hitting the beach with those that are landlocked most of the time. Makes me appreciate how great it is to smell salt water year round. And it's fun to see everyone really lovin' the beach!

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And no family reunion is complete without someone getting tossed in a body of water. Used to be a pool in Palm Desert, but the Pacific Ocean would have to do this time...

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A wonderful time indeed.

4 comments:

heidistitches September 14, 2009 at 3:48 PM  

Great post! Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos. It was a great weekend and I so happy that everyone made the effort to attend.

VerHoef 5js September 15, 2009 at 8:47 PM  

Melissa, these pictures are fablous! Thanks for taking the time to shoot everything and sharing with us all. Your talent is a blessing to us all. I do hope they will become heirlooms in years to come

Gray Photography - Zach and Jody - Nashville Wedding Photography September 16, 2009 at 3:00 PM  

Cool set! Thanks for the comment on our blog as well!!

Scott September 17, 2009 at 9:45 AM  

Hi Melissa,

Love the family photos and especially love the Seal Beach lifeguard tower shot. It will be interesting to see how your family views these images 10 years from now. Will they pull up your old blog, or will they dust off old digital files to replay??? A little different than dusting off the cool old prints you had this time around huh? Hope all is well,

Scott