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Traditions of the Heart

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We hope that the photos we take, are handed down through generations whom follow us. Not all of them, but the special ones. Today my son was watching a slide show of photos from his Grandma’s 90th birthday party. He asked me, “When I am old, will my kids see the photos of me when I was little?” I told him I hoped so.

Handing down and preserving family memories is important to me. That is why, when clients have something sentimental to their family they want to bring to a session, I get super excited.

I loved when Annie told me that the cradle little Miss M slept in was created by Miss M’s Great Grandpa … it was hand made for Annie, and it has been used for every grandchild and now great grandchild in the family. How special is that?

I couldn’t wait to photograph Miss M and her brother with the cradle. It was important to Annie and so it was to me too. Thank you so much Annie for trusting me with these precious memories of your divine babies and carrying the beautiful (but heavy) cradle to the woods of Goshen NY.

Much Love to you all!

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Gray Tham is an internationally award winning lifestyle photographer specialising in custom portraits of newborns, babies, children and families.  She loves creating connective and meaningful images captured simply with lots of family fun. Gray currently is based out of Glen Iris, Melbourne Australia, however, she loves traveling to her home town in Goshen, New York. If you would like to inquire about a session with Gray in New York or other US areas, please contact her for her 2018 travel schedule. Bookings are now open for Australia and US for 2018.

phone | +61 04 23 760 333   email | gray@simplygrayphoto.com

 

The Family Home is the Family’s Heart

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Usually it is the story of the family in front of my lens. However, this time, it will be the story of the photographer. So please accept my apologies, this blog post is all about ME.

Lately I have been asked, where are you? New York or Australia? To be honest, this past month has been a little bit of a whirlwind, so perhaps I am not quite sure any more (but if you really want to know … I am back in Melbourne Australia).

In 2002, I moved from the US to Australia with my husband of 1 year. We travelled across the seas with open minds and open hearts. No plans really. We wanted to keep our jobs, find ourselves a home and then start a family. Life happened, as it does. We did most of those things … except for me keeping my job. That worked out ok in the long run and for that I am grateful.

Fast forward to 2013. 3 kids, a dog, 12 years of marriage, career change for me and one in the works for my husband. Then a trip back to New York to visit family. Fast forward 6 months, we packed our Australian home into a storage unit, said good-bye to friends and family and headed back to New York … to live an American life for a bit.

A big part of our American Life was moving back into my family home. A home the Griffiths have lived in since 1982 (when I was age 10, ironically being in 5th grade). I never thought I would move back into my family home. I never thought my family of 5 would live for 3 years out of 2 bedrooms. I never thought … but I never would change anything for the world.

I fell in love again with the home. The good things and the bad, the old and the older. I loved it all and always fought my husband when he wanted to update anything. It just didn’t seem right.

As a dreamer and photographer I fell in love with the light of the home. I fell in love with the location and the garden. I feel in love with the falling snow in winter and the deer that looked into our windows. I fell in love with the ability to walk my children into the village, even when there was a blizzard. I fell in love with having my childhood memories so close.

But the difficult part was, I was not there to stay. I was there to transition. To transition my family (immediate and extended) to their next stage in life. I will be honest, that was not easy. It kind of sucked at times. But, I am grateful I was there.

I watched the house be emptied, one item at a time. Slowly, painfully slow at times. But during these times, even though I cried, I also laughed. Not only alone, but with my family and friends. And for these moments I am forever grateful.

During our three years in New York … we had fun traveling and enjoying an American Childhood with our children … through our children. It was special. But at the same time, we also had to transition my father into a nursing home, watch his mind and health fail. Then find a home for my mother to move into. Then we had to sort through 90+ years of life, 60+ years of marriage. Then we had to do what I never thought I was strong enough to do … sell the family home.

The house did not have much furniture in it when it was time to show it. However, I did make sure we put up the Christmas tree one more time. I did this for my own family and for the family who would next call this place home. It was very important to me. I wanted them to know, although the house was empty … as a home, it came with a big heart.

The house sold on the first day. I don’t know why I was surprised, it is a pretty special place. However, I do have to admit, I was very very sad. There really is not enough time to ever prepare one for this part of life. Especially if you are a sentimental person like me.

For the people who don’t know the history of this family, you probably are wondering why I am writing this story. Well, Amanda’s family is the family who saw the Christmas tree the kids and I decorated one last time. The house that peeks through these images, is the place I called home for 35 years.

When Amanda asked me to photograph her family, I knew it was something I had to do. It was something I wanted to do. As they walked me through their home, my former home, it became clear why this was the case. Suddenly the pain of leaving our family home was erased. It was no longer our home … it was their home. And WOW, what a beautiful home they have turned it into. I know my parents would love it .. down to the wine refrigerator in the kitchen.

Our family will always be part of the history of this home. But Amanda’s family is the future. I seriously could not be happier they found this house. And this sounds funny … but I could tell the house was happy too. I really think it longed for young children and big family parties once again!

For those who don’t like change (I don’t really much care for change) remember, a home is only a home when the people you love are there with you. Otherwise it is merely a building or someone’s house.

As I write this post, I am reminded to always BLOOM WHERE WE ARE PLANTED. Don’t dwell too much on the past, or worry too much about what is to come … but love in the today and all that it brings you. Don’t forget to look for the good that life brings you when you are least expecting it! And finally, hold onto the joyous times and quietly let go of (but always respect) the others.

Amanda, thank you so much for this opportunity. Not only to get to know your family a bit better and to capture this time for you all, but for the closure, I needed, but didn’t realize I needed. And yes, next time I am in town … I will join you for that drink on the back porch:)

I will always treasure the photos I took of my family in these very spots and I hope you too will always treasure your family images too.

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©www.simplygrayphoto.com – for information on booking a session email gray@simplygrayphoto.com

©www.simplygrayphoto.com - for information on booking a session email gray@simplygrayphoto.com

©www.simplygrayphoto.com – for information on booking a session email gray@simplygrayphoto.com

©www.simplygrayphoto.com - for information on booking a session email gray@simplygrayphoto.com

©www.simplygrayphoto.com – for information on booking a session email gray@simplygrayphoto.com

©www.simplygrayphoto.com - for information on booking a session email gray@simplygrayphoto.com

©www.simplygrayphoto.com – for information on booking a session email gray@simplygrayphoto.com

©www.simplygrayphoto.com - for information on booking a session email gray@simplygrayphoto.com

Gray Tham is an internationally award winning lifestyle photographer specialising in custom portraits of newborns, babies, children and families.  She loves creating connective and meaningful images captured simply with lots of family fun. Gray currently is based out of Glen Iris, Melbourne Australia, however, she loves traveling to her home town in Goshen, New York. If you would like to inquire about a session with Gray in New York or other US areas, please contact her for her 2018 travel schedule. Bookings are now open for Australia and US for 2018.

phone | +61 04 23 760 333   email | gray@simplygrayphoto.com

September 16, 2017 - 1:00 pm

Jessica - What a beautiful and heartwarming post! Closure for you, and for the rest of the family too. ❤️❤️

September 16, 2017 - 1:16 pm

admin - Thank you Jessica!

Country Love

“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.

That’s what I hope to give you forever.” — The Notebook 

Hanna asked me if I photographed couples without children. I hesitated for a slight moment. Thinking, not usually, but at the end of every family session I always focus just on the adults, so I quietly said to her – “Not usually, but I would love to!”

And I am so glad I did … my session with Jimmy and Hanna is one of my highlights in New York with Simply Gray. Not only did I get to roam the most beautiful part of Orange County with a beautiful and fun couple … well they even gave me a ride on their Gator … which I had no idea what a Gator was before this summer evening. In all seriousness – I was honored to help these two document this time in life, in a place that is very close to their hearts. During parts of the session I helped them find the right pose, but most of the time, they just found their natural pose together, one in which they were comfortable and relaxed and well as you can see in love.

Thank you so much Hanna and Jimmy for trusting me to capture this summer for you. Thank you for running through tall grass with me. Thank you for turning over hay bales (Jimmy is one strong guy!). Thank you for helping push me totally out of my comfort zone … it was so worth the initial butterflies!

I hope you treasure these times aways! I know meeting you both will always hold a spot in my heart!

Much Love

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Sweet Beginnings – Hudson Valley Newborn

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There is a reason why when you hold a new baby you just can’t stop staring at them. They hold a beauty, joy and hope that we cannot put into words. So this post today will be short on words, but full of all what new life holds BEAUTY, JOY & HOPE.

My parting will be my gratitude for the opportunity to work with families to document this special time in their lives. They invite me into their inner circle for a few hours … and trust me to help them immortalize this time for ever. I am humbled with the trust they have in me. This is truly one of my job’s and life’s biggest highlights.

Much Love this Fall Weekend – Gray

Hudson Valley New York | Melbourne Australia Newborn & Family Photographer

 

 

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Boys, Trucks, Dirt and Sweet Surprises

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I was thrilled when this family asked me to document this special time in life. This Momma was my Max’s first teacher here in New York. She was only his teacher for a few short months as she left on maternity leave for this beautiful baby boy you see in these photos. Even though their time together was short I am so grateful for the support and care Annie showed my Max.

Little boys …. there is nothing like them. They love their trucks and they love their dirt. And if they can get their hands on both at once – plus their mom and dad … well then they are the happiest people on the planet!

When we were planning this session, Annie shared some pretty exciting news with me … this little boy is soon to be a big brother. I think he is pretty excited. Perhaps a bit nervous (as some of his expressions gave him in). But I don’t blame him … it will be a big life change. But in all seriousness I think he is going to be one AWESOME big brother!

I thank this beautiful family for sharing one of their favorite spots in Rockland County New York. We headed to Ramapo Reservation for the session. A place they visit often.

I will leave you with some of their and my favorite images from their session …. and for friends of this family … I think there may be some more news soon:)

Much Love,

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To Never Forget …

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I was asked to photography the love these two siblings share, the fun they have together and their life as they live at their family home. It is a big responsibly I take very seriously – as I do with every family session I have.

I found this quote recently that made me think of these two beautiful children.

“To the outside world, we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.” – Clara Ortega

I hope these two forever remember themselves as they are now … running free … picking up chickens that they gave the most wonderful names to … being able to walk to Grandma and Grandpa’s house from their backyard and of course the love their parents have for them.

When a family shares their life with me to document … It is a honor … one I treasure and am so grateful for. Because one day these images will help them never forget the love and joy of these times.

So enjoy the life these children leave at this moment in time with their sweet parents. Who, we worked out during the session we used to hang out many moons ago in a pre children life. I am so grateful for the opportunity to meet once again!

Love,

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“A brother shares childhood memories and grown-up dreams.”

And with these 3 brothers I am sure there will be lots of amazing dreams to be born and beautiful memories to look back on in years to come!

It’s a short post in words, but one full of love and laughter from this beautiful session with a fabulous family taken at the Hamptonburgh Preserve, Goshen New York. The Hamptonburgh Preserve is a wonderful spot preserved for generations by the Orange County Land Trust. It’s worth checking out!

Much Love,

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