Inspired by a traveling exhibit at the Cannon Art Gallery in Carlsbad, CA : National Geographic Greatest Portraits, that I was able to see this last weekend, I came home and perused my photos from the last year or two. I wanted to see if I had managed to capture the personality and emotion of any of my subjects.
This photo won hands down. The picture was taken after Erin told Aunt Dorothy that she was the one who had given her the idea to sing at her grandparents' anniversary party (which had just come to a close.)
Aunt Dorothy is my husband's aunt. She lives in Southern California and opens her home to us when we need to go down to see our doctor down there. Aunt Dorothy has the advanced form of macular degeneration and is legally blind, but she still volunteers for a Hospice thrift store steaming clothes two afternoons a week, is on the board for cultural arts planning, goes for walks by herself, and "reads" constantly, thanks to the Braille Society's audio books which are sent directly to her door; plus she travels to all of the family weddings and reunions. She's quite an inspiration.
I'm glad I was able to capture a bit of Aunt Dorothy's love for life and family; along with Erin's (notice the "after performance glow") thankfulness for Aunt Dorothy's constant support.