Ever wonder what it’s like to be a part of one of those crazy, big, Italian families? I have had the pleasure of knowing this family since I was 15 years old, (yikes that make’s me feel old!) Here are a few things I have learned about Italian families from the Corradetti’s. When you go to their house you will be asked no less then 6 times if you want something to eat…In-between all the hand gestures,+ laughter come the real Italian voices…I’m talking about the loudness, my friends. Loud, and proud! Try sitting down to have a conversation with a big group, I dare you. The chances of you being heard are slim to none unless you speak up! They have many family members they have never met, they also probably have “someone who you know, who is someone’s friend who’s their cousin” haha …there are LOTS of cousins, most likely a Maria, Christina, Vinny, or Michael, and at least one Uncle Tony. Sundays are for family, good food (Nonna’s meatballs) and a good bottle of wine. ..I learned how to properly pronounce things like “gnocchi,” “bruschetta,” which makes me feel super cool when I can order it in front of my friends at an Italian restaurant.
So why am I sharing all this? My job as a photographer is to capture family in it’s truest form…capture emotion and feeling in my images, so someone can look at that image and feel something that remains with them , so someone can feel the bond between the people in the photograph.The biggest thing I see in this family , is there is one thing that remains constant and a #1 priority: FAMILY and unconditional LOVE , it’s the most important thing .
Through thick and thin and for better or worse, your family will always be there for you. There is not one person who would miss the opportunity to squeeze you a little tighter and kiss you just one time. The love a family has for each other is endless. Try to be great at living in the moment and cherishing memories that are made with family and friends and not taking them for granted. Thank you for sharing your culture, your family and your easy-going and positive outlook on how to go about daily life with me. Thank you for also allowing me to capture small moments of this thru my lens.
Italians live “la vita bella” (the beautiful life). However, the beautiful life doesn’t necessarily mean the luxurious life — it means a relaxed, family-centric lifestyle.
OH, and What :a beautiful life: you have created. xo Sharla