Why I am a Photographer
As I approach being in business now for 5 years, which in itself is unbelievable – the time has flown, I often find myself wondering this winter the why – why am I photographer, why do I love photographing people, why does it get me, what is it about it that is magic? I know I feel happy, I love what I do and I am thankful everyday that I get to do this but I have been wanting to dig deeper and understand the why. You know when a 2 year old responds with a ‘why’ after each statement or conversation that has been me just lately and it has gone something like this …
I love what I do
why? – it makes me feel happy
why? – there is an element of escape as you find yourself lost in the moment of that shoot, its like everything you have goes into that
why? – its like for that time, the world stops apart from you and those in your frame
why? – it captures us as people and puts a picture to our emotions
but why do you love that? – so that when you see a picture, you remember a feeling, an emotion, a smell or that moment in time
anything else? – there is a feeling I cant describe when a little bit of magic happens!
That’s it … sometimes magic happens, sometimes a picture evokes an emotion or a memory, sometimes the world stands still. That’s The Why ….
The magic happens, the sunshine burns away the dampness of the grass, quietly I photograph the little girl lost in her thoughts as though the world stands still around her.
Boys that are too cool for school, let themselves go, laugh all the way from their tummies as if no one else is around them.
Couples that are incredibly shy and nervous about having their pictures taken, climb over a fence, enter a field and completely rock it.
A strong independent woman is not afraid to show her vulnerable side, places trust in me and for that time shows me her true self.
Its been a long day, I’ve been working since the early hours but the music comes on, everybody gets a little crazy, I allow myself to get lost in all of that, get in there and capture the craziness.
The love, the relationships, the closeness with engaging smiles – A picture about love.
Those little moments that happen without prompting – you remember when you were a little girl and just wanted to get married and wear grown up shoes.
As they walked up those steps – Holly said out loud exactly what so many think on their wedding day ‘I’m so happy’ – lost in their day and their moment to share this out loud.
Secret whisperings that they only know about and their picture will remind them of those words.
Laughter between the family, only they knew the joke, only they knew what was said – I imagine in years to come when seeing this picture – conversations will start ‘do remember what dad said…’
sometimes its all about what goes on behind the main scenes of your wedding day – sunset, warm weather, beautiful women and fun – it makes magic.
Going to new places, experiencing new things, having an open mind and an open heart to everything that is in front of you – feeling lost in that time, giving it your heart and soul. For me that all makes up the why.
What’s your why?
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