A day in the life of Molly aged 80
Hi there! I clearly remember that fabulous day when I was shooting a gorgeous 80 year old … What fun! And it made me think… there’s no time like the present – you got to get photographing the people you love.
My pal, Beverley, who’s 57, was telling me how wonderful her mother is and that her 80th was approaching.
I said ‘You are so lucky to have your mum. Please, please, please have yourself photographed with her doing some shopping, having a cup of tea in a cafe, hugging and kissing her and laughing together – just doing ordinary things that will keep her with you when she’s no longer here.’ We arranged to do it that week, on her mum’s birthday. ‘We could have a real laugh recreating a day in Molly’s life, doing ordinary stuff like the weekly shop.’ I told her.
So, I picked them up at Molly’s cute little bungalow. I just loved it in there. There were huge signs everywhere, hand written by her carer to remind Molly of things she had to do, like taking pills.
Then Molly said we had to go shopping to get some Weetabix in – it’s her favourite thing, and she even eats it for tea sometimes. In the shop, Molly went straight to the cereal aisle and I did my snap of her with a trolley loaded with Weetabix and holding the packets up to her face. Hearing she was such a fan, the manager gave her some for free! Molly and Bev were giggling like school kids and I was being cheeky with them. ‘Do you feel sexy then, Molly?’
She gave me back more cheek than I bargained for. She was just so young at heart, like so many other oldies! People open up like huge sunflowers, if you just speak to them. Just ask a question – Where were you born? Who was your best friend? What did your dad do? Do you remember your first date? – you’ll find them full of stories they’re just bursting to let out.
When we stopped for some cake, I shot Molly and Bev facing each other, with their noses just touching, which can make a good snap. It’s such a simple thing to do and makes people giggle when they look into each other’s eyes.
After shopping, we went to Molly’s club and had a little party, where everyone was laughing and dancing. Molly’s best pal, Gladys, was 100 last week. Molly was dancing and being very mischievous with everyone, like she had become a young girl again!
What a day it was. Our elders have seen so much but they still love life, which made me think how important it is to treasure everyday. It was a great outing and after it, I felt a glow of satisfaction. The week after, I met Molly at her place for tea and crumpets and it was magical.
During the shoot I took 650 photographs, which I’ll use to make Bev a digital book as a memento, called ‘The Fabulous Molly at 80‘.
So, to go back to my original point, if you have parents or grandparents get yourself photographed with them before it’s too late. Fortunately, my friend Bev now has a set of truly memorable photos to look back on for years.
SO, NO DELAYS – JUST DO IT!