Way Back When Picture Post

Before I had my mom's portrait tattooed on my inner upper arm, I went through some old photo albums at my Nana's house. While I didn't take them out and take them to be scanned, I nabbed a few low-quality photos with my iPhone. They're not great, but they get the job done. And I thought I'd share them today!

This is my Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother, my Nana's parents. They were immigrants from Poland. They came over via Ellis Island in the earlier quarter of the century. (My Nana [grandmother.. not great grandmother!] was born in 1932 in Michigan.) I would really really love to travel to Poland one day soon.

This is my Nana and Papa back when they were first married in 1949. Weren't they gorgeous?! Brownie Franklin and Patricia Genevieve. My Papa passed away when I was 8, in 1996, but my Nana is alive and kicking! I already have a tattoo for her on my calf, and my Papa's will be in August once I return to Nashville.

This is my late Aunt Kay, who everyone says I favor.

My late Aunt Kay again with her daughter Stephanie. Both passed away after a horrific car crash in 1974 when my aunt was only 22 and my cousin only 2. I was named after both of them. Valerie Kay (Kaelah) and Stephanie Dawn (Kaelah Dawn). I've always said if I could have dinner with anyone in the world, alive or otherwise, I'd probably choose my aunt. I'd really like to know what she was like.

My sweet Mama! I used to love looking through her old yearbooks and stuff. The last photo is her senior portrait from 1978 which I had tattooed on the inside of my full sleeve.

As a baby, in 1988.

I always felt like I was channeling Pretty Woman in this photo, just you know, sans the prostitute thing.

Sophomore Year of High School, I believe. Well 10th/11th grade? I will never have short hair again!

Sophomore Year Softball. I'm not even sure I wore makeup haha

Sophomore Year Volleyball, I think. All I know is that hair thing I've got going on was NOT working for me!

Senior Year. Bad haircut, no eyelashes, no eyebrows, lined my eyes with dark black eyeliner. Man oh man!

I'm going to try to find more pictures this week! I'll definitely post them if I happen across them.

Do you have any old photos of your family or yourself? Post them! I want to see! Leave links to your posts if you do!



  1. Oh wow, I really enjoyed viewing these pictures! All of my dad's side of the family is Polish and my dad is dying to take our family to visit. Hopefully I'll get to go one day!

    I couldn't ever picture you with short hair..it's so..not Kaelah Bee! Haha :)

  2. Rae: haha i know! I'd like to think i've come a long long way! I didn't have long hair until a month before my freshman year of college! :D

  3. This is such an interesting post! great idea

  4. that's funny, before i read your comments on your senior pic my first thought was "aw pretty!" i didn't notice anything wrong with it, haha. (except i do think your hair looks better now)

    i love the pic of your grandparents too. they look so classy

  5. I've wanted to do the same thing for awhile now! I think you should do a post on your tattoos, or point me to one where you show close up photos, I'd love to see the portraits!!


  6. Aw, so interesting and beautiful.
    Love it<3

  7. You look like an entirely different person! But you still look great, don't get me wrong. ;)

  8. Love all the pictures. In the one where you're in front of the fence, you look like this actress girl who was in a movie called the Sasquatch Gang: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1503426/ but of course, you're much prettier!

  9. I hope this raises some awareness for Georgia -


    These photos are great! I love seeing people's old pictures. You have changed so much! xx

  10. i love the new layout!

    My school pictures are worse! I had a fringe that some days used to sit on top of my glasses - I had train tracks which seems to sparkle in the camera flash lol.

  11. I love your new header and do-dads! GREAT. I also love this post. It's so much fun to look at old photos and see how much our style changes and how we progress into ourselves. For some reason I just can't imagine you playing softball! haha I used to play basketball, which is really odd. Gotta experiment! I choose art!

  12. OMG these pics were fun to look at, especially the ones of you when you were younger...soo cute. My mom has this ridiculous one of me when I was a baby sucking on a lollipop with my eyes crossed! haha.

    Great post and I LOVE the new layout!! I have a huge crush on old vintage tacky picture frames! I have a bunch all over my walls at home that Ive spray painted different colors :)

  13. oh man! i look through all of my grandma's photo albums, old pictures are so amazing to look at. theres something so mysterious about them for some reason. love this post :)


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