I've recently taken more time to intentionally consider why I do the things I do. Why do I love photography so much? And why am I especially so energized by capturing pictures of people?
I'm a mom to three boys (okay, seriously, they're men now!). But I know from firsthand experience that the time period between these two pictures will happen faster than you think.
If you're in the middle of the toddler years, I'm sure you've been told countless times, "these years will pass so fast". Changing diapers, wiping runny noses, and dealing with temper tantrums sometimes make it feel like time stands still. But it doesn't. And, as they grow older, time seems to speed by exponentially. Before you know it, they're moving out, heading off to college and beginning lives of their own.
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Last New Year's Eve, my father passed away after losing his battle with Parkinson's disease. Earlier that summer, I was able to fly out to Colorado to see him. I wasn't sure how much we would be able to communicate with one another, as the disease was already impacting his alertness and short-term memory. I had brought some pictures with me of our times together in years past. It was those early pictures that opened the window of his mind for a short yet sweet period of time. Just long enough for the two of us to communicate our love and appreciation for each other one last time.
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The beauty of the photograph is that it captures a moment in time that will never come again. And, as I saw with my Dad, it also gives birth to a moment that might otherwise never be remembered.
This . . . this is my why. To capture those moments throughout your journey. To remind you that these people you've surrounded yourself with are a gift. To show you that these days are worth remembering.
Capture those moments - these precious and personal moments - for they will never come again!