Happy First Birthday Gentile Brewery!
That’s GEN (like “generation”) – TIL (like “until”) – E (as in “weeeeeee”)
On March 4, 2017 Gentile Brewery in Beverly turned one year old! As part of the celebration I worked with Mingo Custom Framing and SJ Art Consulting to create a display of the family’s portrait art. We had done the session when the family’s twin boys arrived, joining Mom, Dad, 3yo Camille and puppy-dog Lady.
In creating the display I reflected on the portrait session, and what this family means to me and the community…
Mom had finished her hair, and Dad was still in PJs. The newborn twins were fed and settled, while little Camille sat on the kitchen counter giving her mom tips on how to finish the eggs. As always, I started shooting this tender morning bustle right away. “Don’t worry” I reassured, “I never want families to be ready when I arrive, this is the good stuff!”
They may not have believed me in the moment, but they sure did when viewing their portraits the following week at my office. Christen said, “Next time we are not even going to try to get ready first. The best moments are such simple interactions.” Favorites included routines like Paul brushing Camille’s hair and having breakfast together. Mom and Dad relied on their connection to stay grounded: laughing, looking at each other saying, “We have two babies!”
“They are heroes,” I thought to myself. “Someday when I have kids I hope I go with the flow of family life and small-business-owner life with this much grace and laughter.”
Busy parents lament the fleeting nature of precious childhood phases. As far as I know, authentic portraits are the only way to stop time—to help us see, savor, and reflect on all that is right with our lives. Portrait art uplifts daily life, recharging parents on the tough days. As for kids, being surrounded by family portraits increases their self-esteem. Even better, these framed portraits are lasting art works that Camille, Joe, and Greg can put in their own homes some day as a way to tell their kids about their childhood. The legacy of love will continue.
The Gentiles live out loud—sharing their love for community and their dedication to their craft through Gentile Brewery. It feels right to celebrate this incredible family with an art display on the brewery wall—a place where their sincere hearts and family values are shared with our community. Truly, they have created a family business.
Cheers to the Gentiles, and living out loud,
Christen was kind enough to review Inner Life Portraits on Google:
“Aside from being a gifted photographer, Maureen’s philosophy on family photos allows her to create art that will last your family a lifetime.
Having her photograph our family six weeks after the birth of our twins, I was so worried about being polished and put together. Maureen was reassuring, patient, and at ease in our home – despite its chaos. The final product brought me (and many others) to tears. She was able to capture our family in that moment in time. It’s a gift I will treasure forever.”