The Power of a Photograph | Sacramento Family Photographer
“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
— Aaron Siskind
Photographs have always meant something to me, but ever since my Grandpa passed away in April, they mean more than ever. You see, I never physically lived close to my Grandpa, but I was close to him. We didn't see each other more than once a year, and we saw him once a year if we were lucky. In recent years, this has been when one of my siblings has gotten married. I would casually take a picture of individuals, including my Grandpa, or my Grandma and Grandpa together. Well, when he passed away, pictures were needed for his funeral. There were enough of him growing up through the years, but it ended up being the casual pictures that I had taken recently that were blown up, printed, and used. It taught me something: take the picture! It doesn't matter if it is technically perfect. No matter if someone is annoyed that you are taking one more picture or if it seems like a silly time to be doing it, do it anyway. Who cares if your house is messy. There is beauty in all the chaos. You won't regret it.
My Grandpa in 1940
My Grandpa in 2011 (one of the pictures used at his funeral)
My son and mom at my Grandpa's funeral
We live in a time where everyone has a type of camera on them pretty much all the type, whether it is a DSLR, a point and shoot, or your phone. The best type of camera is the one you have with you. Now that my Grandpa is not with us anymore, pictures are what I can look back on. The value of them has gone up exponentially and I cherish them so much more. They will also be meaningful to my children and their children and generations to come because photographs make people and stories come alive. Things that I have forgotten are remembered in photographs. Memories are brought back. Other details of those times, like feelings, smells, sounds, and the story of what was going on, come back.
So, what does this all mean? Well, take pictures. Take lots of them. What else? Hand the camera to someone else and be in the picture. This is something I am constantly working on. What else does it mean? Hire a photographer. It is worth the investment, I promise. You are paying for memories that will fade with time without photographs. Remember the value only increases with time. How many things do you own that you can say the value of it only increases as time goes on? Allow yourself and your family to be completely present with each other and let the photographer capture who you are as a family. Let them capture those sweet curls, or the way your sweet baby snuggles right up to you, how your child is competitive during a favorite game, how you and your spouse look at each other, or how your family loves to explore new places. I know it can be stressful leading up the session and sometimes during the session, but don't let that stress keep you from hiring someone. Your children don't care about your imperfections. They need to see that you were in their lives. They need to see how you held them close and loved them. These are memories they should have to see and remember years from now. Do it for them. Do it for you. Your life is worth documenting.
Contact me so we can set up a session. Don't put this off. You will never get these days back with your family. Let me take some pictures that represent your family, just as they are.