May 16, 2016

Does the World Need Another Photographer?

There are a lot of photographers out there. Everyday I’ve doubted myself and this whole starting my own business thing and thought, “I can’t do this. There’s a lot of photographers already – a lot of really good photographers! I should probably just save us the money and quit. It probably won’t be successful anyway.”

But  I’ve decided I have to and here’s why… First, I believe every person is valuable and can make a unique contribution to the world and therefore, that must include me.  Second, I believe photography is essential to the preservation of stories and memories.  And third, I love it.  It makes me happy. And life is too short to not pursue your passions.

In the past few years we’ve lost several grandparents and friends, which unfortunately is part of life.  Often, after loss, all I want is to look at pictures of them. Not because I’ve forgotten what they look like, but because when I see them I remember who they were. I want to remember the time we spent together. I want to remember the impact they had on my life. I want to remember their story. Pictures tell a story and good stories are worth remembering.

I am a wedding photographer because marriage is wonderful and important. There is a unique excitement and joy on a wedding day. It is truly an honor and privilege to see and document the day and all its beautiful emotion and details.  Every couple should have the chance to look back through their wedding album and remember how they felt that day. And every couple should preserve their story for the family to come.

Recently my mom was showing her wedding album to my two daughters.  They are 4 and 2 and while the 2 year-old was a little distracted by her need for a nap, the oldest was fascinated to see these pictures of Nana and Papa from years ago. That wedding album is a piece of our family history and the only reason we know what that day looked like.

“Joy comes to us in moments – ordinary moments.  We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.” -Brene Brown

I am a lifestyle photographer because it’s the ordinary moments that make up most of our life and day-to-day life changes so quickly! Since becoming a mom, I am abundantly aware of this as I have 2 little girls that seem to change and grow older every day! Sometimes every day feels like a new season. I don’t long to have pictures of them looking at the camera and smiling (even though those are awesome!) but I do want to be able to look back 10 years from now and see how they played with one another. I want to remember their curls and how the little one absolutely adores her big sister. I want to look back and see the real moments of this life in its most authentic messy glory.

A glimpse into a few of our ordinary moments that I already cherish:

So I’ve decided that the world could use another photographer. Because I want to do something I love and because I believe your story is worth sharing and worth preserving for the generations that will follow.  So, here it goes…

“What if I fall?  Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” -Erin Hanson

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