pegkerr: (Rob's last) she stood before the canvas on which he was represented, and fixed his eyes upon herself,
she thought of his regard with a deeper sentiment of gratitude than it had ever raised before;
she remembered its warmth, and softened its impropriety of expression.

--Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

I realize that I never posted the last pictures we took for our family portrait. They were taken by a friend of the family and professional photographer, John Walsh, the night before Thanksgiving, November 2017. We had no way of knowing, but that was the very last night that Rob slept in his own bed. I took him to the Emergency Room the next day, Thanksgiving Day, for fever, and he was admitted that day. He never saw his home again. Many of you saw these pictures on our Christmas card.

The shoot was wonderful, and you can see what a happy, laughing time we had...but I knew in my heart what was coming. When Rob's individual portrait appeared on the photographer's monitor, I immediately burst into tears. I managed to choke out that it was because I so moved by it. Indeed, I loved it--but that wasn't it.

I was crying because I instantly knew it was going to be his obituary picture. And I was right.

Today, I thought of this treasured picture of Rob as I was listening to this song, from Austen's Pride, A New Musical of Pride and Prejudice. (Listen to this song here. The lyrics here are from the first minute and forty seconds. Listen to the whole thing: it's gorgeous.)

Who are you?
I thought I knew
The man in the portrait
You appear and seem to be
All the things that I refused to see
And you said you loved me.

Who are you?
Is it true
The man in the portrait
Is thoughtful and good?
If I knew then
What I know now
I might have understood
But that was then
Now I’m face to face
With you, the man in the portrait
In your gaze, I can see
The way you used to smile at me
And it says, you loved me.

I was open with the fact, I think, that Rob and I had our struggles, as happens of course in any marriage. It was very difficult particularly through the years of unemployment. But my respect for him grew so much as I watched him battle cancer, and somehow, this photograph captured something about him and made it visible for all: his nobility, and his suffering, and the love that shone out of him. The lines I've bolded above say it well. I told the photographer that I will treasure this photo for the rest of my life.

I cried a lot today.

photo credit John Walsh
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These were taken by a friend, John Walsh, who is a professional photographer. Thanks for doing such a great shoot with us, John!

Peg and Rob 30th Anniversary - John Walsh Photographer

We haven't had a nice professional photo taken of Rob in, like, forever:

Rob - 30th Anniversary Shoot - John Walsh photographer

And here it is! The famous Tunnel Through Time, taken every decade, now in its fourth iteration.

30th Anniversary Tunnel Through Time picture

And I'm adding this one, which is all about how hard this year has been )
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I love the picture I've been using as my portrait on my DW, LJ, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn Profile, but I've gone back to wearing glasses and have a new haircut and it's four years out of date. Given that I have to spruce up the LinkedIn Profile, I went to a friend at my church and asked whether he would be willing to shoot some professional shots for me. He did a beautiful job, and we agreed that I would pay him once I get a job.

This first one is the one I'll use for LinkedIn:

Peg Professional

These are nice, too:

Peg Herringbone jacket

Peg Black Jacket

And in this one, I'm just being silly:

Peg Being Silly

Photo credit John Walsh. See his website here.


Aug. 8th, 2013 10:12 pm
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Once we received the cancer diagnosis, I immediately decided that we had to have pictures taken. I wanted to have a family portrait done for the Christmas card, but Fiona would be overseas, and Rob will be losing all his hair. We decided to get all our family portraits done in one fell swoop: birthday portraits for the girls, and an anniversary portrait for Rob and me, too.

Delia July 2013

Another shot of Delia )

Fiona July 2013

Another shot of Fiona )

Here are the girls together. Adorable, aren't they? )

Here is Rob's and my 27th anniversary picture )

This is the picture we'll use for our Christmas card this year )

And this last picture is something we've never done before. I think of it as 'the cancer picture,' with Rob taken by surprise, and the three of us kissing him. (On that soon-to-be-lost hair, note). Giving him our love and support.

Family July 2013

On the one hand, when I look at this picture I think, how corny, really. How cheesy.
On the other hand, I really, really like it.
pegkerr: (Fiona and Delia)
Going out for cupcakes after A Midsummer Night's Dream with our adorable girls.

Adorable daughters 3/17/2013


Jan. 13th, 2013 05:16 pm
pegkerr: (Family)
Last Christmas, tragically, we did not have any money for portraits. It was with huge relief that I had the portrait done this past December. Wonderful to re-establish this important family ritual.

First, here's our family picture for the year:

Family 2012 Large portrait

Next, we had a couple portraits done of the two girls together:

Fiona and Delia large portrait

Fiona and Delia together large

We also had some individual shots done of Delia. I particularly love this first one, which catches a great deal of her inner sass:

Delia sunglasses small

Delia elbows small

Delia 2012 medium
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From The Next Web here:
In 9 days time [May 15], people all over the world will be coming together with one single aim – to photograph their lives – as part of the global project.

As part of an initiative founded by Swedish non-profit, Expressions of Humankind, May 15th has been designated as the day everyone the world over is being asked to pick up their camera and take a photo of what is close to them, and what matters most to them, as part of the event.

Explaining the purpose behind the event, the organizers write, "Our mission is to use the power of photography to create, share and inspire perspectives on daily life – today and tomorrow."

So how does it all work? Join the site, and on May 15 you will be able to upload the image that you’ve shot, and add information on who is in the picture, and the story behind it. You have until May 22 to upload your images.

All images submitted to the site will be displayed online, while some will be selected for publication in a book, A Day in the World, and others still will appear in digital and print exhibitions.

If you need a little bit of inspiration of your own on what to shoot, some guidelines have been provided. The three main categories, Home, Work and Connections, are further divided into sub-categories, and pretty much cover any topic that could possibly come to mind. If you’re stumped about what you want to shoot, the page is definitely well worth checking out.


Dec. 7th, 2011 11:31 am
pegkerr: (Family 2009)
This is the first year since the girls were born that I haven't hit all the milestones on pictures. We did not get a picture of Delia for her birthday, and we are not taking a picture of the family for a Christmas card. This has disheartened me so much I'm not sure I will send out a holiday letter at all this year.

It was simply a financial decision. Money for portraits is a luxury we simply cannot afford while we're struggling to pay the mortgage and other necessary bills. And yet it bothers me so much. I feel like our family is being robbed of its history. I was so proud that we had made this a priority, that the girls had a record of their growing up that they could show their own children (I hope) someday.

Little things have dropped away over the years as we've retrenched, again and again, trying to keep ourselves going. I know that in the grand scheme of things, I must care for my family and make the wisest decisions on the priority of spending money. It should be a small thing.

Yet for some reason, this one hurts just about the most.
pegkerr: (Hardcore pretty)
I almost wept, she was so gorgeous. And Mitch was just as handsome. Pictures credit: Dave Miland.

(In an endearingly teenage compliment, Mitch called her "hardcore pretty.")

Prom May 21, 2011

More hardcore prettiness )

I don't honestly think I've ever seen her looking more beautiful. THANK YOU especially to Mitch's dads, Randy and Dave, who so kindly made it possible for her to go. It was Randy who found her that gorgeous dress (on eBay). And thanks to Dave for the beautiful pictures. We will certainly treasure them.
pegkerr: (Karate Peg 2011)
We celebrate getting our black belts with tri-part portraits. Here's mine for my first degree belt:

Black belt portrait May 2011
Black belt portrait May 2011

(Note: I am holding kamas, which I have no idea yet how to use. But I'll be learning.)

Here's Fiona's for her second degree belt.

Black belt portrait May 2011
Black belt portrait May 2011

A preview

May. 11th, 2011 09:25 pm
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A preview of prom exquisiteness.

Lousy pictures, but she's so beautiful, it doesn't make a difference. (One of Mitch's dads will take a proper portrait, including some lovely couples shots, on the day of the event itself.)

pegkerr: (Karate Fiona 2008)
Today we had karate portraits taken. Fiona and I both had triple exposure pictures taken to celebrate our new black belts (Fiona, second degree and me, first degree) (See the example in the icon, the one she had taken when she was awarded her first degree black belt in 2008). Fiona was also included in the assistant staff portrait, below. Fiona drew the short straw and had to hold the pose in the deepest stance:

Assistant instructors )

I'll post the triple exposure portraits of the two of us when they arrive; they will be sent out later.

A small semi-related unpleasantness )
pegkerr: (Peg Martini Night)
I'm having way too much fun with this thing.

in the style of Bottecelli
in the style of Sandro Botticelli

In the style of Amedeo Modigliani
In the style of Amedeo Modigliani

In the style of Alphonse Mucha
In the style of Alphonse Mucha

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Here are two lovely ones I've created, altering photos to look as though painted in the style of Alphonsa Mucha. Again, the tool is here.



Fun tool

Jan. 4th, 2011 02:26 pm
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I discovered a fun tool online that tinkers with portraits.

I used these photos of Fiona and Delia and this photo of me.

Here's what Fiona would look like as a young adult )

Here's what Fiona would look like as an older adult )

Fiona, east Asian )

Fiona, west Asian )

Fiona as manga cartoon )

Fiona as a man )

Delia as a young adult )

Delia as an older adult )

Delia, east Asian )

Delia, west Asian )

Delia as manga cartoon )

Delia as a man )

Me as a man )

If you try the tool to post your own picture, drop me a comment with the link to let me know. Am very curious!
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I just adore this picture of Fiona and Mitch. They had a wonderful time.

Photo credit, Dave Miland (Mitch's dad).
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Delia took some rather nice pictures of me for my MyCharity:Water campaign page. Here's one:

See the rest here.


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