Since the very first portrait taken in 1839, portraits have become a visual link to the people we love most in our lives. We honor them by capturing not only their likeness but who they truly are as people. We record this on what is in my opinion, one of the most amazing inventions in the history of the world–a photograph. Photographs help us celebrate those living with us now. They also help us honor how they will be remembered once they’re gone.
Robert Cornelius, self-portrait, October or November 1839, an approximately quarter plate size daguerreotype. On the back is written, “The first light picture ever taken”.
They say, watch what someone photographs… this will tell you what’s most important to them. For most people, it’s capturing those special moments in their own lives–their wedding day, the birth of their first child, their second, their third, their children growing up, their children getting engaged, their grandchildren, their own aging parents and all of the other special people in their lives. In the digital age we live in, unfortunately people attempt to do this with phones. It’s true that smart phones have radically changed our world (let’s face it, where else can you simultaneously order dinner, answer emails from your boss AND play Candy Crush while sitting in a waiting room for your annual check up?). However smart phone images fail to measure up to the value and quality of a professional portrait. Just watch someone lose their phone and all of the images they’ve taken of their children in the last 3 years. It’s heart-breaking. This brings me to my point…
The digital trap…
Your current photos may be stored in your phone, on a cloud or on Facebook, but how will these benefit future generations if they don’t have your original files or passwords? DVDs, flash drives and clouds won’t always be the standard medium or perhaps even accessible in 10 year’s time (remember the floppy disk?). Fast forward ten years… if the only photos you have of your children are on Instagram, how will you be able to pass along the same memories for them to relive? How will they have any photos of you? Printed photos last longer than digital files and never become obsolete because quite simply… prints don’t crash. Prints will always outlive technology. On paper, your images are part of the physical world. Printed photos are everlasting.
Google even warns…
VP of Google, Vint Cerf cautions, “We are nonchalantly throwing all of our data into what could become an information black hole without realizing it. We digitize things because we think we will preserve them, but what we don’t understand is that unless we take other steps, those digital versions may not be any better, and may even be worse, than the artifacts that we digitized. This is starting to happen to people who are saving a lot of their digital photographs because they are just files of bits. The file system doesn’t know how to interpret them, you need software to do that. Now you’ve lost the photograph in effect. If there are pictures that you really really care about then creating a physical instance is probably a good idea. Print them out, literally.”
I want you to consider these important questions:
When was the last time you were professionally photographed?
Once day your children will look for photographs of you. What will they find?
When was the last time you were photographed with your children, your husband, your parents?
What if I could photograph you and your family in the most beautiful way you’ve ever seen? To have the family portrait you’ve always dreamed of.
Have you ever seen a beautiful photograph of yourself?
What is stopping you now?
I would be honored to photograph you and tell your story. I can show you the journey of your life. That is the power of what I do. That is what I celebrate.
Call me now to start documenting your journey: 281-224-1542