I’ve started to write this blog many times over the last couple months, but the words I chose didn’t seem to fit what I had to say. In the end, what I needed to say boiled down to this: portraits of your loved ones are so precious, and there really is no price you can put on the memories captured.
This is very real to me as my uncle passed away about a month ago. I still have a hard time accepting it.
I took family photos a few years ago that included my uncle, but the external hard drive I had them on stopped working right around the time I got the news and I couldn’t access those files. I was devastated. Luckily, I was able to recover the files, but that feeling that washed over me when I thought that they were gone was one of the most terrifying feelings I had ever experienced.
The moral of the story here is, don’t wait to get that family portrait you’ve been putting off. Give a gift certificate for a portrait session to your mom, dad or significant other. Don’t hesitate because its a little out of your budget, because those photos will be worth all of the money in the world once your loved ones are gone. You don’t have to come to me, this really isn’t about shameless self-promotion. Just get professional photos done. It is worth it.
On that note, a friend of mine asked me to take some portraits of her grandmother, as she had never had nice photos of herself. She didn’t speak of word of english, but even through the translation and dictation, her sweetness shone through and I had a ton of fun.