When I lived in Charleston, SC I worked for a photographer, Anne Darby Parker. She took the most wonderful photos of children and their families in and around her beautiful home and the plantation-like home of her family. She would often take these photos and place them in handmade books (from the now defunct Two Hands Boxing or was it Two Women Boxing by Hand). I loved working with her doing this..seeing the creativity she put into the placement of each photo in relation to each other so that they worked together to tell a story.
When I left Charleston and moved back to Texas I thought I could reproduce her work to earn some money of my own. I found that the guilt of copying her was too much and so it didn't last long.
Now, 15 years later, with 4 kids of my own and some thousands of pictures stored on various computers, I decided to start making my own photo books for my kids to have over the years. Luckily (or sadly, depending upon how I look at it) I don't have to have a darkroom to get this done. All I need is Snapfish. So now for Christmas each child will get a book of the past year and then I'll play catch-up from the past years with books on their birthdays. So today I am working on a May birthday book. What fun! It takes me back to the days of working with Anne, inside her beautiful house...bringing just a touch of creativity back to my everyday. For that I am always grateful.
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