The importance of a portrait
I'm reminded yet again this week of the power of a good portrait. A fellow graduate who went to school with me passed away with a rare form of Cancer this past week. I can only imagine the pain that her children, husband, family and friends are feeling. She was taken far too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones and though their lives will never be the same, I am glad to know she had some portraits taken recently. A friend of mine had won a portrait session a few months ago and donated it to this woman and her husband so she could get some nice portraits taken. What a wonderful thing not only my friend did, but this photographer (also a friend) did. Now that this woman is gone, these portraits will be cherished even more by her husband, children and all that knew her.
You may think that you have lots of time to 'look better' or 'have more money' before scheduling a photo session with a professional, but really, none of us really knows when we'll be called away. If you were gone tommorrow, would your family have photos to remember you by? 20-30 years from now, when you might be gone will your children say "Gee, I wish mom or dad had bought me more toys back then" or "Gee, I wish mom or dad had taken the time to have more photographs taken"? Portraits are one of the few things that are passed down from generation to generation. It bridges a connection between relatives and ancestors. Please don't take this for granted!
Whether you hire myself or another photographer - it doesn't matter so much. It's the act of taking them that does. Life is short - capture it while you can in those little insignificant moments because someday, they will be significant. To your kids, grandkids, neices, nephews, friends, maybe even to yourself when you look at them years later.
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