Every time I write in my journal I have photographs of you by my side where I can see them at all times while writing about all the highs and lows. It seems as if the days are not getting any easier since you've been gone, and I guess it's just taking me a little longer to adjust to this new life without you. I'm still chasing the light with a camera in my hands, I'm still holding up my promise I made to you to take more time to step back and enjoy the little things. There is a lot I wish I could say to you in person right now, but I know you can hear me and I know you are always there. I'm thankful to have all of those boxes full of photographs from when you were younger, all the way up until a year before you passed. I wish I would have taken more photos in that last year. It was a dark year, but there were still solid moments of happiness. You will always be my hero, and I will always be thankful to be your little girl.
Photographs mean a lot to me and hold a very special place in my heart. All those emotions you are feeling in your life during big moments, or just relaxing at home, I know those mean a lot to you and I want nothing more than you to have those moments captured to look back on forever. I look at a photograph of my dad, who passed in 2018, and can instantly hear his laugh, it's like holding that photo in my hand is allowing me to hold a memory right in the palm of my hand, cueing me to remember certain things.
Sitting next to your loved one tracing each others fingers, sitting at home drinking out of your favorite cup, getting dressed at your wedding before walking down that aisle, getting a kiss on the cheek from grandma or grandpa, watching your kiddos run around in circles enjoying the little things, taking a deep breath of fresh air while letting the sun spill over your skin, hiking at your favorite park, jumping in the water together on a hot summer day- those moments are part of your story and what better way to cherish them than with photographs.
In my book, everything doesn't have to be perfect. That's the beauty of life, all the imperfectly perfect moments that turn out to be the most beautiful. I am a very go with the flow artist but still provide a nice balance of guidance in all sessions, helping guide those natural moments. Striving for timeless and natural images that you can enjoy forever and be proud to hang on your walls or showcase within an album.
My why consists of things from working in Dementia care and seeing how important photographs are to an individual and their families, to my family and all the moments I want to cherish forever, to my grandma Jewell who is pictured here.
I have lost so many important people in my life and the one thing I find myself latching onto are photos or videos. My grandma once told me, "my memory is fading a bit, but these photographs helps me remember bits and pieces," and seeing the smile on her face is something I can't begin to put into words.
My why also consists of documenting moments for my clients- moments that are very personal to them, moments that they cherish with their whole heart, moments that are part of their story and what makes them...them.
So what do you say.. let's capture some memories!