Every once in a while I stumble across a post that makes me feel like the author was reading my mind when they wrote it. Brittany’s post Monday was just that kind of post.
One of my favorite things about photography has always been helping people see the beauty in life’s little moments. Some of my favorite pictures are ones that I’ve taken when no one was ready or didn’t even know I was going to take the picture. I feel like that’s when you most capture people being themselves. Their smiles are genuine and their emotions really show through.
My favorite thing about looking back through pictures is feeling like I’ve taken that moment, for that person, and made it last forever. Children and Grandchildren are able to look back at pictures of their loved ones for years to come and see what their real laugh looked like. Parents can look back at precious moments with their babies. Moments that they might feel are lost forever.
Pictures that show a family in their happiest moments. Moments that come and go so quickly that you can easily take them for granted. The moments that show just how crazy the “fun Uncle” really is. Looking at pictures like these always makes me smile. While I might not remember what was said or what we were laughing about – I can remember exactly how happy everyone was in that very moment.
I have heard, “seriously with the pictures” more times than I care to count. I’ve have people roll their eyes at me and hide their faces. I’m used to people getting mad at me for taking a picture and it doesn’t bother me anymore. I’ve decided that someday, they will thank me for taking those pictures. I’ve told them that the pictures wont be posted anywhere, but I’m taking them anyway because we’ll want to remember these moments.
I want to be able to look back on my life and have pictures to show my children and grandchildren. I want them to know what their Great-Grandma looked like and not just have the stories that I tell them. I want to be able to not just tell them about the good times, but have evidence that they happened. Evidence where they can see the joy and love our family had for each other.
I’ll admit that I need to do better at being in more of the pictures, but it’s something I’m working on. Thanks to front facing cameras on cell phones it’s gotten easier for me to get pictures of myself with people. I’ve even gotten better about not being embarrassed when I ask people to take pictures – and not caring if I look perfect in every picture. Having a perfect smile or standing up straight aren’t as important as the fact that I was there too.
I want to be more than just the person that took the picture.