LAYTON -- The tears in Jennie Bair's eyes tell the story of what she thinks about her grandmother and getting her picture taken with the matriarch Friday.
"I just love her," Bair said of her 86-year-old grandmother, Helen Millgate, whom she was visiting. "She's an amazing woman, and she's just done so much in her life."
The 39-year-old Clinton woman said being offered the chance to have the picture taken was touching.
"It means a lot to me. You can only take the memories."
The two were some of a dozen residents of the Fort Lane Senior Apartments to get professional snapshots for free Friday from Rachael Collins, of South Ogden.
Collins is starting the Granny Starr Foundation, so named after Collins' own grandmother, Evelyn Starr Cutler, whom she admired for many reasons.
Through this foundation, she plans to offer one free 5-by-7 photo for each senior on a fixed income she can get to throughout the Wasatch Front. The photo shoots usually will be held at area nursing homes or assisted-living centers.
She's hoping to add other services for the elderly as well, from volunteers interested in enriching the lives of seniors in need.
She and a handful of volunteers are creating brochures, a blog and a website that will add legitimacy to her effort and allow her to attract sponsors to help cover her costs.
Collins wants to serve where she can, even though she is a 36-year-old single mother of four school-aged sons and a master's degree student studying to be a counselor.
She said the idea started out as a single service project and has mushroomed.
"It wound up being a really wonderful event," she said. "For a lot of them, it was their last picture."
She said families have often been touched by the pictures, sometimes ordering copies of the pictures for many members of a recipient's extended family. She said they also have been happy to be able to use the pictures in obituaries.
"It's so neat to see the expressions of people," said Karla Barrera, who volunteers to help and is employed by Dignity Home Health and Hospice.
"Taking their pictures is very intimate. ... They pose like they are in glamour shots or something."
Collins' mother, Abby Chase, of Ogden, also often helps with the effort.
"It's really rewarding," Chase said. "I brush their hair. Sometimes I put on some lipstick. I get to spend the day with my daughter."
Those who were having their pictures taken Friday said they were grateful for what Collins is doing.
Gail Reed, 68, said it has been 10 years since she has seen her son and grandson in Arizona and that it would be nice to send them a photo.
She said she hasn't had her picture taken for more than a decade.
"Pictures are the only answer," she said. "How else are you going to connect?"
"It makes me feel like we're not forgotten," said Judy Allen, 54, who has a disability.
"I look just like my mother," she said. "I'd like to have my picture taken and put them side by side."
Bob Carbine, 67, said he has lived at the senior apartments for 12 years.
"That's a long time without having your picture taken," he said. "I think it's pretty nice. My brother will be happy to receive a picture of me."
To contact Collins or to see samples of her photography, visit her website at www.foto-graffiti.com.