Through The Years
In 2003, I put on an adult sized sweater on my one year old son. I pulled out my film camera and snapped a roll of photos of him wearing this gown-like vest, thinking this would be an annual tradition. We moved a few times, and the sweater always moved with us. I never forgot the sweater, but life happened and I didn't put it back on my son. This-then toddler is now in college. Even though I didn't do an annual photo with this garment, I did want to close out the expectation I had created and photograph my adult son in this now vintage sweater.
I had a yearbook portrait shoot to set up for, so I told my oldest we'd finally snap a photo with the vest and close the case. He complained about the length of it and the sizing. It's not stylish to today's standards, I suppose. But it doesn't offend me. Though I didn't keep up with an annual tradition as I had once thought, I'm certainly glad I have a then and now side by side to admire. What seems to have passed in a blink, is his lifetime. And this sweater will just have to wait to be worn again.
Keywords: Jackson, LAF Lines Photography, Michigan, portraits
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