Remembering Nana | Denver Portrait Photographer

I spent last week in Chicago, with my family, even though I’m going back in a few days for Thanksgiving. I went home last week to attend my grandmother’s funeral and to sit shiva with my family after. (Shiva is the Jewish tradition of gathering with friends and family for a few days after the funeral to mourn.)
To honor her, I wanted to put together a blog post of photos I’ve taken of her, as well as the photos we displayed for shiva. I loved looking through the old photos of her when she was young, her and my grandpa, her with my brother and I as babies. I wish I had taken more photos of her in the last few years.
It took me a long time to realize her strength. My other grandma is a Holocaust survivor so that was what I thought strength always looked like. But this woman recovered from a horrific accident, beat cancer three times, lived with one lung, and was recovering from surgery when her husband died. She still found motivation and joy in her life. She showed me that strength comes in many forms and I am so grateful to her for that.
This Thanksgiving would have been her birthday. We usually have a theme every year that we base our meal around. This year we will be cooking Nana’s recipe’s and playing her favorite music.
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  1. Melanie November 22, 2016 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    What a fantastic tribute to your special grandma!

  2. Monet Moutrie December 1, 2016 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss. These are beautiful photos that I know you and your entire family will treasure.

  3. jillhouser December 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    oh what a great idea! i love the black & white image of her looking at the deserts! 🙂 YUMMM

  4. Elizabeth Stamm Weitz December 1, 2016 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    What a heart warming post. Your grandma sounds like she was such a special lady. Beautiful!

  5. Shebli Nikkole (@sheblinikkole) December 1, 2016 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss. This is a beautiful way to honor her.

  6. Valerie Heine December 1, 2016 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    This is beautiful. So sorry to read about your grandmother. She really does sound strong and lovely! I love that first wall of portraits.

  7. Amanda December 1, 2016 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    What a great remembrance, Jamie. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for the reminder to take pictures of my everyday life too, not just for clients.

  8. melissa December 3, 2016 at 12:19 am - Reply

    I’m so sorry for your loss Jamie. Beautiful images and inspiration to take more photos of the ones we love.

  9. Melissa Trout December 6, 2016 at 12:29 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness, you come from a family of such strong women! I loved seeing photos of this woman. P.S. I love the idea of sitting shiva. I wish more people would incorporate a form of this into their mourning.

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