This tiny image was taken 30 years ago or so... believe it or not it is the only professional portrait I have of my dad, Papa' Marcello, who is now in Heaven... there is no day I do not miss my dad, his voice, his smile, his love for the truth, his faith and his disarming sense of humor. My father Marcello was my best friend, my confidant and my trusted advisor who gently led me, respecting my timing and free will. His love and wisdom remain in me as "a tattoo written on my heart" (using his own words). His loving gaze, full of light when looking at me, still moves me to tears and it is the one thing I will never forget about him.
And yet all I have of him now is a few snapshots taken later in life and this beautiful little portrait of him!
I wish back then we would have taken and printed more photographs. This tiny wallet portrait is one of the most precious memories I have and will ever have! This is how I remember my dad as a child. It is also the reason why I, as a photographer, insist on giving you printed artwork. The portraits I give you today will grow in value over time; one day they will mean a lot to your children and even your children's children! Digital negatives are doomed to die as technology changes but a beautiful portrait, printed in archival paper, is timeless and will stay in your family as an heirloom for generations. Next time you meet me, you will understand why I pour so much passion into designing your albums and wall galleries. One thing is to invest in professional photography, another is to actually do something amazing with your beautiful images! I want my clients to leave my studio with something real and tangible!
Happy Fathers Day to my Papa', to my amazing husband and to all the wonderful dads I had the honor to photograph this year <3
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