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we will remember you…

a few weeks ago was my very first time driving in the emotive fort logan national cemetery en route to photographing a memorial service for a client.  with soft classical music in the cd player and the wind blowing my graying hair as i traveled to the spot of the service, my mind wandered.  i was so moved to be the in the presence of such sacrifice , commitment and loyal service.  tears welled up in my eyes as i thought about all of the lives that had come before me to protect and serve our great country.

the actual service itself that afternoon was swift but powerful.  the family hired me in order to be able to share the memories of the service and the family gathering with loved ones who weren’t able to attend.  i was honored to have been selected as their photographer and the historian to capture this lovely memorial.

it was a gathering to celebrate and honor a life of service to our great country surrounded by the circle of cherished family and friends.  such a respectful and sweet ceremony; a bittersweet moment in the reflection of a life well-lived.

to my dear client: thanks for allowing me to post some of these powerful images. it was an absolute honor to attend the service for your father.

 










































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Susan Martin Riecks - August 27, 2012 - 8:12 am

I think I told everyone that we had asked Mary Beth Graff to photograph my dad’s service at Fort Logan. Here are some of the photos she took, along with her blog about the event. She is SUCH an artist – her sense of what will make the best photograph just captures the emotions and essence of what is going on. And she wasn’t intrusive; she totally respected our need to be together as a family. We were not even aware of her as she took the photos.
I think that this might be something to consider discussing with families who have lost a loved one – I know that having a photographic record of the service at Fort Logan is something that my family is going to treasure. We make such a big deal about wedding pictures; I think that the photographing of the end is in many ways, just as important. Just my take on it.
Sue
P.S. BTW, there is one very touching photo of a young man wiping his eyes – that is my nephew David. He was the closest to my dad, and saying goodbye was very hard for him. We gave him the flag, which meant the world to him. I’m so glad Mary Beth was able to capture that moment…

Susan Martin Riecks - August 27, 2012 - 8:13 am

I think I told everyone that we had asked Mary Beth Graff to photograph my dad’s service at Fort Logan. Here are some of the photos she took, along with her blog about the event. She is SUCH an artist – her sense of what will make the best photograph just captures the emotions and essence of what is going on. And she wasn’t intrusive; she totally respected our need to be together as a family. We were not even aware of her as she took the photos.
I think that this might be something to consider discussing with families who have lost a loved one – I know that having a photographic record of the service at Fort Logan is something that my family is going to treasure. We make such a big deal about wedding pictures; I think that the photographing of the end is in many ways, just as important. Just my take on it.
Sue
P.S. BTW, there is one very touching photo of a young man wiping his eyes – that is my nephew David. He was the closest to my dad, and saying goodbye was very hard for him. We gave him the flag, which meant the world to him. I’m so glad Mary Beth was able to capture that moment…

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