I explained in my last blog post that I sort of stumbled into the business realm of photography. But photography has always been a love of mine. I received my first DSLR when I was 15 years old and wanted to learn everything about it. I’ve always wanted to preserve memories and have always been the one snapping pictures at all of our family functions. I’m the first one to try to gather my family together for selfies and portraits and try to document life!
I don’t know about you guys, but my life is really busy! Some days I can’t even remember what I had for breakfast, let alone all the amazing and wonderful adventures that I had that day. Because life goes by so quickly, I turn to photographs to help me remember those things. For me, photographs are about preserving those memories so that I can relive them over and over again. My parents recently moved and my mom pulled out boxes and boxes of all of these old photographs. We sat there, with my sister, for hours, going through them and reminiscing about all the things that we had done together as a family over the years. The best part about looking through pictures for me, all the random stories that come up afterwards, stories that I would never remember if it hadn’t been told to me years later and with a picture to go along with it. That is one of the reasons why I love photography. While going through all those old pictures, I thought I should choose a few to show you.
For instance, this photo of my mom and I. I know that on that day I was a pain in my mother’s butt! The hair and make up people were taking way too long, I wanted nothing to do with it and was throwing a tantrum (hence why I look so sad in this photo). I was only 3, I have no memory of this photoshoot at all. But I love hearing my mom tell that story. I love this photo. I love that my mom took the time to get photos taken with me. I love that she loved me that much.
This is another one of my absolute most favorite photos. It’s not perfect, and I would love if my mom was in it instead of taking the photo. But this is my favorite place in all the world. My parents would take us here every year for a camping trip. I have so many wonderful memories at this beach. There’s a picture (that I couldn’t find at the moment) of my dad teaching me how to ride a bike in the campground. Another one of my favorites. I love this picture, of my dad, sister, and I because we would go out to these tide pools almost everyday we were at the beach. My parents knew how much my sister and I loved to see all the sea life. I love how much love is shown in this picture and what all those trips to the beach meant to me. When I look at this picture all those memories come back to me.
Here are just some other funny pictures from when I was younger. The picture on the left is my younger sister and I. I love seeing the way we interact in photos. When we were younger (and let’s be honest, even now sometimes) we’re not exactly the nicest to one another. We just know how to push one another’s buttons, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love one another. I enjoy looking back and seeing how we interacted in pictures, and what we used to wear. Some of these outfits I don’t know how our mom let us out of the house! But you can definitely tell it was the 90s! The photo on the left, I just enjoy seeing photos of myself when I was younger. Obviously, I don’t really remember that time, nor do I remember what I looked like. So it’s interesting to me to see those photos and see all the things that have changed about me and all the things that have remained the same.
There are hundreds of more photos that I could show you. Photos of my grandparents, and old friends, and the millions (yes, literally) of photos I’ve subjected my husband to over the years. Photos are so much more than just pieces of paper or digital images floating around Facebook. They are snapshots of who you and your family are in that moment. That’s the real reason why I love photography. I love capturing who you are right now, so that years from now, you can look back and remember all those beautiful memories with your family. The memories that lead to stories about who you were at that time and how much has changed. Because without those photos, there’d be so many stories left untold, and who wants that!