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Family Photos November 25, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Happiness, Humor, People.

Family photos are among our most cherished possessions.  They capture Kodak moments from the past as the future zooms into view.

Looking at children caught in a moment of levity, sporting sticky smiles, or saying “C~H~E~E~S~E” makes me grin:

Family photos record the times of our lives ~ from moments of pomp and circumstance:

To moments of inspiration, enthusiam, revelry, and levity:

Of course, we must be careful.  Filming some family members feeds into their narcissistic tendencies:

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1. Team Oyeniyi - November 25, 2011

Love it, Nancy. Some of the worst shots photographically speaking can be the best. I love the shot John took of the kids and I around the computer. Lousy photogrpahy, but it a memory we will have forever.

nrhatch - November 25, 2011

You’ve got a point. In Family Photos, it’s the memories that matter more than the perfect lighting and composition.

2. Carl D'Agostino - November 25, 2011

Mother tossed just about everything in the trash a while back. Have just 4 or 5 pics from my childhood. Unhappy about that big time.

nrhatch - November 25, 2011

Oh, Carl. That’s too bad. I hope my mother doesn’t do that to our shared history.

3. sufilight - November 25, 2011

I especially like the old black and white photos of the early century. The cat sitting on a book about narcissism is priceless. LOL

nrhatch - November 25, 2011

Glad you liked the photo of my favorite narcissist. And I agree about B&W photos. So charming . . . even if I don’t know the personalities depicted.

We have a photo of “bathing beauties” in the long swimsuits taken in Atlantic City around the turn of the century. I have no idea who the people are . . . but I love the depiction.

4. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - November 25, 2011

That’s one smart cat.

nrhatch - November 25, 2011

He’s a bright boy! 💡

5. Piglet in Portugal - November 25, 2011

We love looking back through the family photos – trying to remember when they were taken and where. Just right for a winter activity curled up in front of the fire 🙂

nrhatch - November 25, 2011

That sounds like a lovely way to spend a Winter’s Eve, PiP!

6. barb19 - November 25, 2011

Family photos are the best – they unleash so many memories for each one of us.

nrhatch - November 25, 2011

It is lovely to remind ourselves of some of the lovely droplets that have filled our memory well to its present capacity. 😀

7. Patricia - November 25, 2011

It is most important that when taking these family photos to make a note on them with the who-what-when-where-why of the photo.

I have many pictures that I have no idea who the people are though they are obviously family. And now as the oldest person in my fathers family I have no one to get the answers from. Sad.

nrhatch - November 25, 2011

I expect I’ll find the same to be true if I go through my parents albums ~ I’ll recognize my grandparents, but not their parents or grandparents.

Before moving, I condensed my photo albums from 60+ binders down to 20 and tossed photos of people who came and went quickly (co-workers, friends of friends, etc.) whose names I no longer recalled.

I probably should have labeled the backs of family photos as I went along.

8. thirdhandart - November 25, 2011

Very nice-looking family. The cute kitty even has a narcissistic look on its face. Family photos are among my most cherished possessions too.

nrhatch - November 25, 2011

Thanks, Tigger is quite sold on himself . . . but we’re sold on him too! 😀

9. jakesprinter - November 25, 2011

Very beautiful family pictures 😉

nrhatch - November 25, 2011

Thanks, Jake! I loved yours . . . and Queenie’s!

10. Booksphotographsandartwork - November 25, 2011

Such a smart kittie.

nrhatch - November 26, 2011

He’s a constant treat for us . . . and he knows it! 😀

11. granny19471947 - November 26, 2011

That cat has definitely got an attitude!!!

nrhatch - November 26, 2011

He does, indeed, Granny. He knows he’s “all that.” 😀

12. Tilly Bud - November 26, 2011

Lovely photos!

nrhatch - November 26, 2011

Thanks, Tilly. Family photos are great . . . even when I see my nieces and nephews growing up so F~A~S~T.

13. nelson RN - November 26, 2011

Lovely pics! I especially like the first one, coz everybody was wearing a beautiful smile 🙂

nrhatch - November 26, 2011

That was my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary. All 4 kids and 9 grandkids helped them celebrate. 😀

14. nrhatch - November 26, 2011

Love your family pet portrait. Thanks for linking.

15. nrhatch - November 26, 2011

Beautiful slide show . . . love the saris. I’ve always wanted one.


16. Ruth - November 26, 2011

Lovely family photos… So the cat’s a big reader, is (s)he? 😀

nrhatch - November 26, 2011

Thanks, Ruth. Tigger guards whatever it is I want to look at or work on (papers, books, keyboard, etc.) so my attention returns to HIM . . . where it belongs. 😛

17. Nandini - November 26, 2011

Really sweet! Lovely times and photos. Such heart-warming smiles!


nrhatch - November 26, 2011

Thanks, Nandini. Smiles and laughter make every day a better day. 😀

18. Cmsmith - November 26, 2011

Is that your cat? I don’t think I knew you had a cat.

I’m big on family photographs and always try to get one when a complete family group is together. I just took one a couple of months ago when Mark’s whole family got together to celebrate his Mom’s birthday. It’s the family historian in me.

nrhatch - November 26, 2011

That’s our cat, Tigger . . . or, more precisely, we’re HIS people (i.e. loyal subjects and servants). He’s been with us for 7 years. Before that, we had two cats, Jazz and Cayenne, for 17 years.

I took thousands of photos of our nieces and nephews as they grew up before our eyes. So glad I did.

19. Judith - November 26, 2011

Lovely family photos. We inherited a large number from my husband’s side of the family – unfortunately, nobody knew who most of the people were. When we printed off photos I always put names, dates and places on the back. Don’t want that to happen when I am gone.

nrhatch - November 26, 2011

Excellent idea, Judith. I own some family heirlooms which I would love to pass on to the next generation with the stories intact . . . but my parents no longer remember the stories and neither do I.

20. Gobetween - November 27, 2011

Great selection for the challenge – even the sticky smiles 🙂

nrhatch - November 27, 2011

Thanks! Sticky smles are great . . . on young ones. 😉

21. Andra Watkins - November 27, 2011

Family photos are adorable, especially years later. These contain heart, Nancy.

nrhatch - November 27, 2011

Thanks, Andra. Hope you’re enjoying your holiday. Tip back a pint at the Pub for me! 😀

22. Naomi - November 27, 2011

Lol! Gorgeous pics, Nancy…have to say that kitty takes the cake 😀

nrhatch - November 27, 2011

Thanks, Naomi . . . Tigger takes the kitty treats. 😆

23. jeanne - November 28, 2011

Nancy, I did not know you were related to thing 1 and thing 2…great family shots.

nrhatch - November 28, 2011

Yes! And once I had the chance to play the role of the Grouch in Green Eggs & Ham: The Musical . . . with co-star, Sam-I-Am! 😀

24. frizztext - November 29, 2011
nrhatch - November 29, 2011

Thanks, Frizz

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26. the island traveler - November 29, 2011

Nice to meet you beautiful and happy family. I too cherish family photos. A magical and memorable Holidays to you and your family. Best wishes…

nrhatch - November 29, 2011

Thanks! Hope your holidays are magical too. 😀

27. Tokeloshe - November 29, 2011

Creating lovely memories 😉

nrhatch - November 29, 2011

And you do such a lovely job of preserving those memories in your scrapbook pages.

28. bluebee - November 30, 2011

Just lovely, Nancy. You are very fortunate to have a large extended family 😀

nrhatch - November 30, 2011

I agree! We are quite spread out (1000’s of miles apart) but we get together when we can.

29. Joanne - December 1, 2011

Beautiful pics, Nancy…My dad just surprised us by taking all of our old reel-to-reel family movies and having them put to a DVD with music. You can take those beautiful pics and put them to a slideshow with your favorite music or songs ~ if you haven’t already done that.
What a lasting gift that makes to be able to enjoy for decades to come.

My daughter Naomi ~ who was one of the final four bachelorettes a couple of years ago on The Bachelor ~ married her first love David in March. She talked him into investing in a videographer for the wedding and he is so glad she did. They included slideshows of each of their growing up years… It’s a keepsake all of their family and friends can enjoy. I have watched that DVD over and over again. Priceless…!

nrhatch - December 1, 2011

My dad and brothers did transfer some of the family slides and home movies to DVD. Always fun to watch “wee ones” in action. But I really enjoy photo albums better. I can flip a few pages at a time . . . rather than sitting down for a whole slide show.

We have our wedding and my sister’s on DVD, but we’ve only watched them once in 25+ years. For me, re-watching wedding ceremonies (no matter how beautiful) is a bit like watching a sports broadcast when you already know the outcome. 😉

30. ElizOF - December 7, 2011

Beautiful selection of family photos… 🙂

nrhatch - December 7, 2011

We have a wonderful bunch of nieces and nephews. Kids rock!

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