I’m a bad grand-daughter. At least I feel that way right now. The only grandparent I have left is my paternal grandmother. She turns 86 on Oct. 25. Recently, I’ve had the burning desire to photograph her. I don’t know, I just felt like I needed to remember her the way she is right now. Although I think about her a lot, I don’t call her enough, and I certainly don’t visit her like I should. I could blame it on time, I’m too busy, I’ve planned too much and can’t fit in a visit with her. But all those excuses are LAME. Truth is, I’m ashamed that I don’t spend as much time as I’d like to with her.

As a child, I spent lots of time with Nanny in her Merle Norman studio in Gonzales. I remember sitting with her in the LazyBoy chair in the back of her studio and watching “All My Children” while we ate lunch or listening to her read from a book of fairy tales. When a customer came in, I’d tiptoe behind her and listen while she offered her expert advice on makeup and beauty. I loved to watch her open the tiny drawers on the vanities and take the bubble makeup samples with a flat sides that peeled back. You could almost fit an entire fingertip in one and dab it on your face. Nanny was a master at dolling up anyone’s complexion. Her face was always perfectly made, her skin flawless. I thought she was beautiful. I still do.

I have to give credit where credit is due. This contest is inspired by 2 photographers who wrote 2 blog posts that blew me away with emotion. The first photographer is Zack Arias. He wrote this about his stepfather: http://www.zarias.com/?p=236  I read it soon after he wrote it (Aug. 25, 2008) and it has resonated in my mind ever since.  The 2nd photographer, Angie Sloan, wrote this blog post on October 9, 2009:  http://sloanphotographers.info/?p=1031  Please, please read them before you read about this contest!

 Okay, now that you are dabbing the tears away from your eyes, take a deep breath and get excited! Pick up a camera. Please don’t buy some expensive contraption you won’t know how to use because you refuse to read the instructions. Just dig up a point and shoot digital camera or your old polaroid and photograph one of your elders who is special to you (grandma, grandpa, mom, dad, great-aunt, great grandma, great uncle, great grandpa, elderly family friend). Submit your favorite photo of an elder to me either by email:  lmdabney@comcast.net or mail (504 West 30th St, Houston, TX 77018). The contest ends  at midnight Dec. 31, 2009. The winner will receive a free photo session with me plus an 8X10 mounted print of your winning shot. The only people who cannot participate in this contest are my professional photography buddies. Sorry, guys and gals! Any other questions? Leave a comment!

This is Nanny reading to my younger daughter Tess:

Nanny and Tess

One Response to “Photo Contest! Nanny, this one’s for you!”

  1. Nina (Dr.Eisner Staff Member) says:

    awww i love this shot!

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