I find myself thinking a lot lately about photography, its role in my life, and how we use it to capture memories. It’s an incredible gift to be able to make photographs of my family and others. Most times I feel like I take advantage of that though. Not that I don’t understand its importance but just because I use it so casually.
Melissa and I have many opportunities since we started photographing weddings to capture images of people and moments. Images that become far more important than we thought they could ever be. We’re not talking about a portrait of a bride and groom but that of a grandmother and granddaughter. Of a brother. Images of people who shortly after the time the image was taken.. they passed on.
We’ve taken the very last picture of some before they passed. It’s overwhelming to think about. But what a gift it is to be able to do that for others.
Photography has taught me to cherish those I love and the time I have. Nothing is guaranteed and as many know, some are taken way too soon. A photograph like the one below will forever be etched in my mind. A beautiful moment between Melissa and Ava. But what I’ve realized is that for every one moment captured, a million more are missed. And those million more can only “captured” if I’m present to do so. Because of this I make the effort every day to be present with who I’m with and what I’m doing. I’d be lying if I said it was easy. Running two businesses and a non profit means I always have a reason to be on my phone. When at home though, it helps having our phone monsters as reminders.
I’m not preaching about being present. Or at least I’m not trying to. Just sharing my thoughts I’ve been having lately.
This image was taken February 28th @ 5:38pm.