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Remembering the Importance: Memorial Day and Phoenix Family Photography


The ghost of a soldier holding his wife on memorial day weekend. Photo by Gary VanDenBerg of Phoenix Family Photography
"Eternal Embrace" by Gary VanDenBerg.

As we approach Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our country, our hearts naturally turn to those we've lost, whether they were soldiers, veterans, or cherished family members who didn't serve. It's a time for reflection, gratitude, and honoring the sacrifices made for our freedoms.

Memorial Day has a rich history, dating back to the aftermath of the Civil War when it was known as Decoration Day. It became an official federal holiday in 1971, and since then, it has evolved into a day not just for honoring fallen soldiers but also for remembering all loved ones who have passed away.

At, we understand the significance of Memorial Day and the importance of preserving memories. Our founder, Gary, has always believed that photographs are more than just images – they are cherished reminders of the moments we hold dear.

As we think about our loved ones on Memorial Day, it's essential to remember the role that photographs play in keeping their memories alive. In a world where everything seems fleeting, photographs serve as timeless treasures, capturing the essence of those we hold dear long after they're gone.

Imagine sitting down with your family, flipping through an album filled with photographs of generations past – grandparents, parents, siblings, children. Each image tells a story, preserving moments that would otherwise fade with time.

One such photograph that encapsulates the spirit of Memorial Day is from a styled engagement session at Saguaro Lake in early summer of 2023. The serene beauty of the lake, coupled with the love shared between the couple, serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of family and the memories we create together.

As we honor the memory of our fallen heroes and loved ones this Memorial Day, let's also consider the legacy we leave behind. Booking a family photo session with Gary at is not just about capturing smiles; it's about preserving memories for generations to come.

It is easy to let time pass as our family members get older, but we advise you: don't wait until it's too late to capture those precious moments. Time is fleeting, but photographs are forever. Reach out to Gary today and let us help you create lasting memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.

As we reflect on the significance of Memorial Day and the importance of family photography, we'd love to hear from you:

  • What does Memorial Day mean to you and your family?

  • How do you preserve the memories of loved ones who have passed away?

  • Share your favorite family photograph and the story behind it.

Let's honor the past, celebrate the present, and cherish the memories that bind us together. Happy Memorial Day from! Vote for your answer below!

How do you celebrate Memorial Day?

  • Honoring Fallen Hero's and Loved Ones!

  • It's the start of summer! Activities like BBQ/Lake/Games!

  • A little bit of both!

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