Some say we come from monkeys…

….and maybe I’m proof of that. My whole life my mom always told me I had so much dark hair when I was born I looked like a little monkey. I was also a month overdue and 9 pounds 9 ounces. My poor mother is a tough woman thats for sure. She had both my brother and I without drugs as well. He was 10 pounds 2 ounces!

To my knowledge, this is the only photo of  me from right after I was born. It’s amazing how things have changed in the past 25 years. One Polaroid photo is never enough now but also the value of photos seems to have gone down because it’s so easy to have a ton of them. This photo has incredible value to me because it’s rare, because it kept time in tact. I would never know what I looked like as a baby and I certainly can’t remember my dad looking so young…because I was just an infant. I’m also really happy that those glasses shall be remembered forever :)

People want photos to be cheaper and better these days. When actual professional photographers who have invested their lives into all the fine details of photography are out there, why not invest? I sure wish that would have been an option to my parents. I would love to be able to see the details of my face as a newborn, to see how small my hands were and to see photos of me as an infant with both of my parents. 25 years later, that would be priceless to have.

Everyone has a camera these days and yes, this is taken with a poloroid and is really special to me still but there is always the what if. There is so much value in professional photography that gets so often overlooked because it’s so easy to buy a camera that the guys at best buy tell you is professional quality and call it good. It’s not about the camera you have, but what you can do with it. It’s about vision, creativity, understanding how light works,  working well with people, communicating, and the ability to see things others can’t.

Since this is the only photo I have, I love it, I cherish it and it’s amazing how it has not gotten lost in almost 26 years…but if they could go back and if photography was like it is today, I would hope that they would have invested the money in a good photographer to freeze those moments forever. If not just for them, but for me and my children someday.

We spend so much money on so many stupid things, fancy cars, fancy furniture, fancy clothes, all this stuff to essentially “keep up” yet so often people have such a tiny budget for photography. They are spending whats “left over” after all that pointless stuff typically. It’s the American way to think we must have everything we want right now but what about looking down the road? Will you be wearing those clothes 20 years from now? Driving that car? Probably not. Will you have those photos? Yes.

I understand about keeping to budgets. It’s expensive to run a business and it’s really hard work. So we have to save up for things just like everyone else. I look back at the past 3 years of my marriage and Ryan and I don’t have that many photos of us together and thats a big regret of mine. So I hope to change that because memories fade and photos are all you have left sometimes.

I don’t remember much about my wedding, but I have photos. I don’t remember much about my childhood, but I have photos. I think it would be amazing if my parents had a professional photographer do a shoot of me and my brother every year when we were kids and if they had an album of that for every year. I don’t have more than 2 or 3 photos of my “awkward years” and your probably thinking lucky you, but really, I would like to have those memories to laugh at now. Whether it was a pretty time of life or not, it was a part of my life.

If you really value photography, make sure you do yourself the favor of saving up for it. Plan ahead, weigh the importance of other things in your life that you spend your money on. Good photography does not come cheap because photographers can’t work for free. It’s not them being greedy, we are all just trying to survive. I really believe that what I do has value and plays an important role in the lives of my clients. Whether I know them well or not, I know that all my years of school and learning and working to build up this certain set of skills are valuable in preserving memories for people. I know that 25 years from now, people will look back at images I took and have their own stories about them and remember how they felt that day. Remember the love and excitement if its their wedding photos or remember how small their kids were for their family session, how funny their hair now looks to them for their senior session, or how precious and small their now grown child used to be during the first week of their life. Thats why I do this.  If one low quality poloroid image is so valuable to me, I know that what I deliver to my clients will have value for the rest of their lives.

-holly

April 7, 2011 - 11:25 am

Brooke - I just found your website and am so thoroughly impressed. Photography is SO important! People don’t realize that as you go through life, those memories are in your head – but they will fade. The photos will jog the memories, and hopefully inspire happiness and nostalgia. I love your work!

June 26, 2011 - 9:41 pm

Ella Foster {Newborn-Family Photos} » theGAUPERSblog - [...] like this taken of me and my dad when I was born. My only newborn photo (that I know of) is a Polaroid with my dad and I adore it. Ball of baby! She is sooo so tiny. It was a long shoot, and [...]

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