Why I’m A Photographer
What is the why to it all? There are so many different answers to this question. Why are you a photographer? What about it attracts you? Why photography? Why. Why. Why. The truth is, it’s complicated and there are several answers I could give. Some of the more superficial answers for me are that
- I’m good at it
- It allows me to travel and see places I wouldn’t have otherwise
- I get to meet so many cool people
- It’s an artistic outlet
- It allows me to live a life that is completely in my control when it comes to my job
For me though, the true passion behind being a photographer is giving my clients their memories. I look back at the photos I have of my grandparents and parents. The photos from my childhood. The photos of my friends from high school and college. I think about all of these memories that I may have forgotten had a camera not been around. I look at the photos of my grandparents when they were younger and I’m able to glimpse a bit of their past and see a tidbit of their life. It’s a way to preserve what we may have lost to time.
I would be lying if I said my start in weddings years ago was purely for this reason. Honestly, at the time it didn’t really occur to me how important photography could actually be to people. It took a little growing up to realize this.
Because the fact is people in our lives change. They grow old. They move away. They have kids. They die. And a lot of times, prior to a wedding, people have never had professional photos done. They have never had quality images of their loved ones outside of one or two school portraits that they can display in their homes. They’ve never had all of the people that they love in the same space together. They’ve never had the opportunity to capture memories with all of their loved ones prior to a wedding.
I’m not married and I’ve never been married but I would do absolutely anything to have photos from my wedding or a close family members wedding that my grandparents were in. I would literally sell the moon to be able to have those memories for myself to look back on and to see them together while they were whole, alive or functioning. Knowing I will never have that of them shatters my heart into a million tiny shards of glass.
I don’t want my clients to have that feeling. I don’t want them to have regrets or to look at their photos wishing for a better representation of their wedding day with their loved ones. I don’t want them to have missed moments with the most important people in their lives.
All of this can be said about family sessions and sessions of yourself or even with your friends. Kids grow up, We age, and we change. We should celebrate each season of our life. Not put it off until we’re thinner or have our hair done or any other excuse we may come up with. Because when the moment inevitably passes, we’re going to regret not immortalizing it for ourselves to forever look back on with joy and good feelings.
So, what is my why? It’s all of it. Every single photo. Every single moment. Every single tiny detail that I’m able to capture that allows my clients to relive one of the most important times of their lives. The heirloom and the stories. It’s the printed photos or the digital images. It’s the fulfillment of something I will never have for myself. It’s love in a photo.