This is my second child: fidgety and silly, cries about everything... she has a heart of gold. Also, she doesn't look a bit like me.
Even stranger, she looks even less like her father. In the first 3 or 4 years of her life, this bothered me a little. There is a STRONG resemblance in my other two children, and I love to gaze at their little faces: daddy's nose, my ears... you get the idea. If you have kids, you probably do this too, right?
One day, my mother showed me the following photograph for the first time. It is my paternal grandmother (who passed away before I was born), taken at the age of 12.
My jaw positively dropped.
Those were my daughter's eyes. Her forehead. Her long, straight nose.
I can't truly say how profoundly this photograph affected me.
You see, I never got to meet my grandmother.
My mother tells me she would have been wild to know that she had three granddaughters. I like to think that I have a great deal in common with her, but then again, I haven't had the chance to find out.
What I do have is this professional portrait. This now crumbling piece of paper that has suffered wear and tear for approximately 77 years has shown me something incredibly beautiful: my grandmother's legacy continues in my sweet little girl.
Make no mistake: the portraits you have made today will be your children's heirlooms. One day, your grandchild will hand a delicate portrait carefully to his or her youngest daughter and say, "Look. This is your family."
Pharmacy prints are great for day-to-day snapshots. But if you want a true portrait, an on-the-corner developer simply will not do. To stand the test of time, the inks and paper should be professional.
So let's suppose you want a family portrait to be taken here in Sanford at First Frame Studio? Your family portraits will be shot and edited with great attention to detail, then prepared and printed at our favorite professional lab (Miller's Lab) on Kodak or Ilford professional paper.
We'll deliver to you, not the cheapest option, but true quality portraits that you will love; portraits that will last for generations.