Pure Photography: Capturing Memories
Memories. Books have been written about them and poets have waxed lyrical about it. Science has probed at them and myriad songs have been sung over it. As a photographer, I get to capture them every day. Every session. And with each and every client, I’m reminded of the privilege and joy that’s mine. For me, this is what pure photography is all about. Capturing memories. Freezing time. Creating an image that will be cherished forever.
They say moments are fleeting. And they certainly are, especially in the busyness and blur of twenty-first century living when it’s hard to find a moment to pause and smell the roses. But here’s the thing. Because moments are fleeting, and everything is a blur, memories often fade.
In fact, recent studies show just how unreliable eyewitness testimony actually is. I read an article recently that amazed me. After conducting one of the largest surveys of people’s first memories, researchers found that nearly 40% of people’s first memory was fictional. Wow! In the study, nearly four out of ten people pieced fragments together and created their own version of reality. Scary stuff.
Pure Photography: Cherishing True Memories Again and Again
For me, this highlights the importance of taking plenty of quality photos and videos of our family’s moments, both of the special milestones and of our everyday lives. The availability of good cameras, on every smartphone, makes this possible. Still, it’s good to have a clear plan to both take quality photos and to make sure we don’t let them simply “get lost” in the digital archives of our phones.
Print the best ones. Put them into albums. Frame them and hang them on the walls. On weekends and over the holidays, whip them out at family meal times and talk about them. Reminiscence, reflect, remember. Press meaning into them. Embellish the memories and ensure your family history doesn’t fade from the mind.
And it goes without saying that getting professional photos done to capture your family milestones is an absolute must. Yes, I’m biased. However, I have yet to meet a single person who regrets getting quality photographs done. Not only does it ensure you have stunning images of your most important moments to cherish, the whole outing is a chance to create unique family memories.
Memories. Some say they make us who we are. Even if that’s only partly true, pure photography ensures we capture and cherish our moments, creating images that can help us relive the moment over and over again.