The poet Robert Frost once said, “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” I’ve often times said to myself, “I don’t ever want to forget this moment. I will remember this for the rest of my life,” but invariably the memory fades. It is never as strong as the moment it happened. If we are wise, we will take a photograph or better yet, ask a friend or hire a professional photographer, so that we can get into the photo and one day pull out the photograph from the album, the shoebox or see our memories pop up on Facebook and be reminded of that special time.
To me, photography is an essential part of life that enriches us and allows us to travel back in time. It allows us to visit our parents senior photos, our grandparents weddings, to see things that we didn’t even know existed. Yes I’m talking about you polyester leisure suits and big mustaches (it was a thing, look it up). Photographs allow us to remember things we forgot or never knew. I was looking at an old picture of my mom and dad the other day. My mom’s hair was colored bleach blonde and my dad was on a motorcycle. They were both younger than I am know. This isn’t the first time that I’ve seen these photos but it is the first time that I saw them and was able to see my parents as people. To imagine the life that they lived prior to being mom and dad. I imagined all of the adventures they went on, the clothes that they wore and what their life was like. That is the power of a photo. I’m so grateful to have these memories.
Just like Robert Frost says, life does go on, and much more quickly than we realize. When I was about 9, I remember my grandmother saying to me that it all went by so quickly. I believe she was in her 70’s at the time. As a child I didn’t understand what she meant, but as an adult I understand completely. It seems like only yesterday my life was a chaotic mess of kids toys everywhere. My time was split between work, bathtime, dinnertime, soccer, dance and baseball. The activities that used to take up all of my time are slowly giving way. In a couple of years my daughter will be driving. I’m so thankful for all of the photographs that I have of both of my children and I am already planning Aubrey’s senior photos and sports photos for my son Jack. I know it will happen before I am ready but one day soon my kids will be in college, starting their own life and I will be so happy to have these photos of them to look back on.
It is so important to not only take photographs of others but equally important to be in them. It is pretty common for photographers to get really comfortable behind the lens and I personally have struggled with my dad bod. I kept telling myself that I don’t want to be in the photos because I need to lose a little weight. Let me be Frank (yes you can still be you :) ) your kids and your friends don’t care about your dad bod or mom bod. When they look at old photos of you that’s not what they will see. They will see a person that they love, a little less gray, maybe a little thinner than you remember and a lot younger. So make sure you are in those photos for you kids, and grandkids and your friends.
I hope that I’ve inspired you a little bit to get out there and take photos of those you love, of things that inspire you, to hire a professional photographer to take your family photos and to share them with the world.