[Brent] She is gonna be so excited for her
party today. I cannot wait to see the look on her face Everybody’s gonna be here at
10:30. Your mom is making the cake. It blows my mind that time has gone by so fast that now my little baby is three years old. [Natasya] I know. [Brent] You ready to go wake her up? [Natasya] Yeah. [Brent] All right, let’s go do this. [Natasya] Happy birthday! [Brent] My girl is three! [Natasya] You’re three years old, happy birthday!
[Brent] Hi big girl. What’s important to me?
At the end of the day what really matters, that’s easy, I guess. It’s my family and it’s
the time that I have with them. The tough part is holding onto that time. If there’s one constant, it’s change. And that’s never more apparent than when you watch your children
grow up. Fortunately, we’re given this gift of technology of photography and video. [Natasya] Okay, flip it, okay. Pictures help us reconnect and crystallize moments in our lives. I find that I bond with my children more when I can look at them over and over again, memorizing their face and their smile and all the little pieces of their
character. My family inspires me to capture as many moments of their lives as I can. The
extraordinary and the ordinary, the momentous and the mundane. Because not every day is a party, not every day is a photo shoot. It’s the little things, it’s a look, or a mood,
ice cream dripping down their face. The things that you don’t plan, seem to be the most magical. And to anyone else, these pics may not mean a whole lot, but to my wife and I, they mean everything. My mother was my family’s historian when I was a kid. She captured every important and not so important moments in our lives. I cherish the photos she took, that she collected, and she organized. When she died, I was 20 but not before leaving behind this gift. I
guess in my own way, I’m honoring and continuing my mother’s legacy of documenting and preserving
my family’s history. [Voiceover] Are you ready to sing happy birthday?
♫ Happy birthday to you ♫ [Brent] I think that documenting my family
will be one of the most important things I do in my life. ♫ Happy birthday to you ♫ And I hope one day my children will
carry on this legacy because it’s our lives, it’s our connections. The generations before
us, [Grandmother] It’s a necklace. And the ones to come. I’m Brent Gilmore, and I’m not a photographer. I’m a dad with a camera, who loves capturing the most important, the most interesting, and the most beautiful people in my life. My family.