May 29, 2018
Legacy portraits are portraits that your family and friends can enjoy for a lifetime even after you are gone. Portraits that they can cling to when they miss you so much their hearts feel like they are going to break!
As the first grandchild on both sides of my family I was lucky enough to spend lots of time with both sets of my grandparents. In fact since I was the only grandchild for 5 years all of their love and devotion was focused on me for quite a while:) I was allowed to go everywhere with them. I got to go on house calls with my Grandaddy Chipman to take care of his patients, swim in the coy pound as my Grandmother Chipman watched and swept away the pollen, go to Ft. Benning with my Grandaddy Bush to check on his job, and help my Grandmother Bush in her yard tending to her beautiful flowers. So when they left us it was not only the first real experience I had with losing someone close, but they were my best friends! My heart broke and every time I needed them to talk to or just wanted to be in their company I couldn’t, but thankfully I had Legacy Portraits of them to cling to!
I make it a point now to photograph all of my family as much as I can for my children and their children. I even make sure that I am in pictures as well, because you never know what may happen. I don’t want my children, husband, parents or sister not to have something to hold close, when they need me.
The outside portraits of my grandparents I can not identify who took them but if I could I would certainly shower credit on them for these precious gifts. The portraits of my parents at Pat O’Brians was taking by a photographer with Pat O’Brians on their honeymoon, and the adorable portrait of my Mother, and two Uncle’s was taken by Garrett’s here in Columbus when they were young.
Fun Fact: I grew up with my Grandfather Chipman(on the left outside picture) and my father having the photographer bug, so I got phtographed a lot(and at the time hated it:). But when I met my husband I was having such an amazing time being a part of his life and all of our friends life, I took photography up myself. I always had a camera with me! And when we had children, forget about it. It was another appendage of me and still is as of this day:) Two of the camera’s below belonged to my Grandfather and my Dad and are such cherished treasures that I display them in my study! #portraitsareforever #memoriestoclingto #missthemallsomuch #existinphotos #shannonbwhittingtonphotography