There's a little German word called Fernweh that I want to talk about.
Fernweh doesn't have a specific translation.
In fact, it's a word that describes a home sickness.
A longing, if you like, for a place you've never been.
I've always felt this with Scotland. Like passion that courses through your veins. A feeling that you're never quite able to describe to anyone in a way that makes any sense whatsoever.
See, storytelling has so much to answer for when it comes to Fernweh. Hearing tales from grandparents, seeing the pride behind their words. Memories that exist inside the minds of your ancestors beg to be brought to life through spoken word.
I am probably one of the most sentimental people you will ever meet.
I want your photos to tell a story.
I want your photos to evoke emotion.
I recently had a session with the Weight's. Coming from Italian heritage, Mia an Jon decided to spend some of their time making pasta with their children.
This pasta machine was given to Mia from her Nonna.
Nonna learnt to cook from all the women she was surrounded with in her life, before emigrating to Australia when she was only 14. While feeding the dough through the machine, Mia recalled how pasta hung from every corner of Nonna's home. And how she would often pick oranges from her garden and freshly squeeze juice for her grandchildren when they came to visit.
I felt, for a brief moment, that I was there at Nonna's house. Only brought back to the room with River giggles, as he held a detached handle in his hand.
"That's how you know it's vintage!"
How special that not only do Indie and River get to grow up with stories of their ancestry, but they have their own stories to share with their own families. Stories about how they hand rolled pasta with a wine bottle, using their heirloom pasta maker.
This sweet session brought back lots of memories, a gift in itself.
Soon, these images will be visiting Nonna, and more stories will be told.
How special it will be to see something so treasured being loved on by family.
And you bet I'll be there, trying to contain all the feels, while I document some more heirloom images.