In honor of (belated) Father’s Day, I want to share this concept shoot I did back in 2010.
One of the people I admire most in this world is my father. He has the ability to walk into a room and the world is immediately a better place. He is funny and charming. He is intelligent and insightful. He has the ability to make you feel like the most important person he’s ever spoken with. And because of this, he is a born leader.
But what is truly amazing about him is this: he has one of the most genuine hearts I’ve ever known. He is funny and charming because he is comfortable with who he is. He is intelligent and insightful because he sees everything as an opportunity to learn. And, to him, you are the most important person he’s ever spoken with because he listens. He genuinely cares to hear and understand what you’re saying, who you are, and what makes you special. He doesn’t do these things to “be a leader” or to impress anyone. He does all of these things because it’s simply in his nature.
Part of this was passed down to him from his father, my Grand Bob, and his mother, my Grandmother Lorraine. They both exemplified these awe-inspiring qualities. And as my two brothers become men, it makes me proud to watch them carry on their legacy.
A while ago, my dad let me borrow some of my Grandmother & Grandfather’s old hats. I immediately fell in love with them. The details, the glamour, the tangible memories of my grandparents. I instantly knew that I wanted to an interesting photo project as an homage to their memory. While my Grand Bob and Grandmother Lorraine are no longer with us, I see their best qualities shining through in my family. I have found my Grandfather’s laugh, his smile, his heart of gold, and his inquisitive nature. I have found my Grandmother’s charm, her beauty, her warmth and compassion. My father shares these with his family, his friends, and anyone he meets every day.
I am so incredibly honored to have such a wonderful father. And while Father’s Day is indeed a special day, I am a lucky duck to have him be my father the other 364 days of the year too.