The gift of photography is a very special gift. Some people think it’s just pictures but it’s so much more than that. Whether you take the pictures yourself or hire a professional, you are not just capturing someone’s likeness but a wonderful memory.
When I was growing up, we used to have a Polaroid Instamatic camera. I used to love looking at those pictures and having to shake them as they developed. Well, I know they didn’t really have to be shaken but it sure was fun. The only thing I regret is not being in more of those pictures. Not sure why, but I was very camera shy. I was already a shy child, so I guess it just extended to having my picture taken. Fortunately, my family was able to capture some pictures of me and there was always picture day at school.
Let’s face it, school picture day is not always the best memory but it is a memory. Every year, my mother purchased my school pictures. When I was in fifth grade, we lived in California where we had three recesses a day. One in the morning before school started, one during lunch and one before we went home. For whatever reason, the school scheduled picture day for after lunch. Those were the only pictures my mother did not display. Gee, wonder why…(insert sarcasm).
As you may have already guessed, I am a big proponent of pictures and photography in general. I have tons of pictures and photo albums from my childhood up until my adult life. I even made a scrape book after I graduated college with all of the pictures I took of my college life. Looking through that book is like reliving that part of my life. It reminds me of things that I thought I had long forgotten.
With all of that said, even though I want you to capture as much of your life as you can yourself, I still think it’s important to hire a professional. The main reason I feel this way is to make sure that everyone, including you, is in the picture. Usually, the only way to do that is to hire a professional or I guess your Uncle Al can do it, but I’m not suggesting that.
Now, you may be wondering how do you give the gift of photography. Here are a few ways: Purchase a gift certificate. There are various amounts you can purchase them for, so pick something that will allow your recipient to get what they want. Another option is to have your own portrait session and give portraits, wall art or albums, as gifts. These gifts can be given for any occasion like, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, just because I love you day. Whatever day you want to celebrate, that’s the day to give. When you decide what you want to do, I would love it if you contacted me to help bring your vision alive.
“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