The Value of Photography
January 9, 2012
Some of you may have seen this post I recently shared on my facebook page. Karen’s story brought me to tears and made me really think about the role photography plays in our lives. I have always appreciated photography’s ability to freeze a moment in time and make it last forever. I love that it makes us stop and enjoy the world around us and take a closer look at things we may have missed. And perhaps my favorite thing about photography is its ability to capture relationships. This is why I am drawn to the art. However, this mom’s story triggered something inside me. It was a reminder of just how valuable photographs are and how important it is to keep our priorities straight.
After reading her letter I thought about how my grandparents recently moved out of their home that my dad grew up in. I had wanted to photograph them prior to their move outside of the house they had lived in for so long, but I got “busy” and it never happened. I then decided I would still photograph my grandparents, but again never made it a priority. This post reminded me that we can’t afford to take the people in our lives for granted and that we need to make time for the things that really matter. Immediately after reading it, I called my grandparents and arranged a photo shoot for that evening. Thank you, Jeanine for sharing Karen’s letter because sometimes, even photographers need a reminder of photography’s value.