It’s funny.  Not funny haha, but funny – this is interesting.  Through my photography this year I have met and made friends with a lot of people south of the border.  No not the Mexican border, sheesh, the Canada-US border.  As a result, I am much more aware of American Thanksgiving this year than I have been in years past, what with Canadian Thanksgiving nearly a month and a half earlier in October.  Granted, it is hard not to notice that it’s Thanksgiving in the States this weekend, what with the flood of Cyber Monday and Black Friday sales and deals pouring into my inbox this past week.

So today, when I checked in with my Facebook account, I noticed a link to a blog post about giving thanks by my friend, Lisa, who is a fabulous family photographer in Milwaukee, I took a couple of minutes to read her post.  Lisa starts talking about how easy it would be to not be thankful this year, seeing how this is the first year her family is celebrating Thanksgiving without her dad.  But very quickly she realises just how much she has to be thankful for, such as the memories she has of her relationship with her father.  She also talks about how much she values a portrait she has of her with her father and how the expressions and gestures in that photo take her right back to the moment.  I doubt very much that she would give up that portrait for anything in the world.

As I read Lisa’s post, I started thinking about how thankful I am that my family is happy, healthy and strong.  I’m thankful for the decision Jen and I came to this year to move back to Canada so that we could be closer to our families.  I’m thankful for all of the support our families have provided us as we make the transition from working for the man to working for ourselves.

Over the Remembrance Day weekend, we were able to hop over to Saskatchewan to visit Jen’s family and for the first time in 5 years, Jen’s whole family was together again.  It was the first time I’d seen and played with our niece, Amelia, since we left for Australia.  It was also the first time I met Jen’s great-neice who is nearing 2 years old. (Yeah, Jen’s a great-aunt, weird eh? Mind you, she was an auntie at 10.) I’m already owned by that little girl, she knows she has me wrapped around her little finger already!

This past weekend, my family finally got its act together and the Corking family was all together again for a much and many delayed birthday -thanksgiving dinner.

This fall, my father was recognised by the Science Teachers Association of Ontario for his lifetime of continuing service to their association.  In preparation for the award preparation Dad asked me if I would make his portrait.  Duh, of course!  In looking at the image above, I’m reminded of how few images we have of our family and how happy I’m going to be some day that I took the time to make this portrait of my dad.  I’ll also remember him joking around wearing his jacket and tie up top and walking shorts down below while we made the portraits for STAO.

Whenever Dad and I go out shooting together, I always try to make a point of sneaking a couple shots of him with his camera since he has the same problem I do.  Being the one behind the lens all the time means there aren’t very many pictures of the photographer.

This portrait of my dad has also reminded me that there are also very few meaningful portraits of my mum and that I must do something about that before this year comes to a close.

So, in closing, thanks…

Thanks for always being there for us.

Thanks for laughing and crying with us.

Thanks for always understanding.

And lastly, thanks for the reminder that I need to do a better job of photographing my own family and not just focusing on the families of others.