I’ve been away at Imaging USA a convention for PPA , the Professional Photographers of America. I was surrounded with 10,000 other photographers, dreamers, goal-seakers and vision-makers. 10,000 people who were each actively seeking to make their unique mark on this beautiful world. It was inspiring and motivational and it gave me the time to think more about why I do what I do.
So, why do I do what I do?
I do what I do to make a living, sure, but why this specifically? Why not be a banker? Why not sell real-estate? You know, why this?
I think when you get right down to it is that I want to be a memory keeper. I want to be someone who touches those I am lucky enough to get in front of my lens. I want to some how, and in some small way have an impact on their life. I want to take a special moment in life and give back something beautiful to remember it by. Something so that when life changes, as it always does, that they will still be able to look back and recall the beautiful bits.
That is also why I so strongly want to provide physical things to the people I get to work with. I adore framing things, creating art, making beautiful things. There have been times in my life when I’ve lost people. Important people. In those times the photos of me with that person have been what’s given me the most comfort and over time, the most joy. All of the memories of that beautiful human wrapped up in a beautiful image. Proof of the fact that they had been here with me on this journey. I want to give that to others. I want to ease pain. I want to give joy. I want to add to the fabric of life.
I also know that in my life I am an ultimate procrastinator for personal things. I just can’t ever seem to get to the pretty things that aren’t a top priority. Kids need to eat, laundry needs to get folded, homework needs to get done. So, those beautiful little things…like framing a piece of art from a trip 20 months ago…just get perpetually put on the back burner. I want to provide completed beautiful things so that people like me can literally just take these things home & start enjoying them immediately.
So, here’s to a beautiful new year helping keep memories.
…and yes, my beautiful little piece of art is finally framed…wish I’d done it 20 months ago…but better late than never. 😉 Here’s the before…literally, how it’s been sitting on my dresser for over a year and a half, and after (YAY!) how it will now, finally go up on my wall. 🙂 Beautiful Florence.