Friday, May 26, 2006

The Natural Progression

I was contacted recently by the mother of a bride who's wedding I covered almost 2 years ago. She wanted some reprints from the wedding.

She doesn't live here locally but her daughter and son-in-law do, and she is here visiting them. They just had a baby boy on the 15th. I am so happy for them. It's really gratifying to be able to watch my client's lives unfold and change and evolve. Some of the people in their wedding pictures have either passed on or had stroke events or other life-altering happenings in their lives. So the pictures of them alive and healthy now are very poignant. And suddenly so much more valuable. Things have changed so much in the two years since I met them... both for them and for me.

It made me think about the magic of photographs. How 'every picture is worth a thousand words' is so very true.

How pictures can evoke such emotion in us simply by looking at them. The new grandmother said as she looked through the images, "What a wonderful day that was, it makes me want to do it all over again."

It got me thinking too about how we record the stories of our lives with images.

What a wonderful job I have. It suits my personality to be the observer and recorder of people's lives, including my own.


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