'There is a reason the quote, “Home is where the heart is” has become such a common one. It is true. Our homes are the places where we live. They are more than that though. A home is an anchor that keeps us securely planted in the big, churning world. It is where we begin our journeys. And for many of us, it is where we end them as well. But all along the way, a home is the backdrop for the hundreds of thousands of stories that we live out alongside our families.
In my workshop, The Family Historian, I encourage my students to show respect to the places that house their most cherished memories. I challenge them to seek out the light that comes shining in their windows each day illuminating the moments that help define their family. Additionally, I inspire my students to see what matters most in their homes - the inhabitants. After all, it is the relationships and the connections that we make with those we love most that make a house a home. My students feel a strong desire to not only show the place and the people who they are documenting, but to also leave behind evidence of themselves. Therefore, my students place themselves into the stories that they tell. They do this with their words and their photographs. They do this with utmost love and respect. They do this because they are family historians.
I am insanely proud of the heart and soul that the students from the January 2017 run of my workshop showed each day that we spent together. It is a wonderful honor to be able to call these women my friends. Here is a sampling of the beauty that they found at home. '