Pictures give comfort, draw emotion, inspire smiles, solve crimes, determine winners, evoke feelings, jog memories, enlighten our senses, tell stories, and create art, allowing people to see the world through someone else's perspective in a way that only a photograph can.

We need photographs.

Photographs are such an important part of our culture, and will be until the end of time.

Pictures give comfort, draw emotion, inspire smiles, solve crimes, determine winners, evoke feelings, jog memories, enlighten our senses, tell stories, and create art, allowing people to see the world through someone else's perspective in a way that only a photograph can. 

When you went away to college, I bet you took a picture of your family, your pet, and that group shot of you and your best friends from senior week the summer prior.

What did Jack surprise Rebecca with after making it out alive from their burning house (besides the dog)? Their family photo albums.

What do we most often decorate our refrigerators and walls with and give as gifts during the holidays?

What's the one thing we hold onto after we lose someone we love, aside from our precious memories? 

Pictures. 

What do you do in the split second you see something you find to be cute, beautiful, artistic, or worth remembering? You pull your phone out to take a picture. 

And if we didn't get a picture of it, whatever it was, it's almost like we doubt it even happened or existed at all. A picture is our proof. It really did happen just as the photo says it did.

I think the reason why we often get awkward and uncomfortable while posing for or being aware of the camera it's because we all want to be remembered well. When our picture is being taken in any case, it's almost like our critical subconscious is telling us that our future grandchildren are already making fun of our style, the way our hair looks, or something else. Maybe we aren't the most confident and outgoing, or maybe we'd rather be the one taking the photos than giving someone the chance to steal a piece of yourself with the potential of posting or printing it out for (what often feels like) the whole world to see. 

But we can't always be in the pictures if we're the ones taking them... so we ask someone else to do it.

You know when you're out to a special dinner or out on family vacation and want a group photo, so you ask a complete stranger to take your picture for you? They of course agree, and you give them your phone or camera, hoping for a half decent shot to post to Instagram later. They hand your phone back after everyone says “cheese” and you look at the image to find a crooked, somewhat dark and blurry capture with Dad’s eyes closed, Grandma looking somewhere else, and everyone’s feet cut off. But you politely say thank you rather than asking everyone to come together for round two. You’re left with a sub-par documentation of a meaningful time with no other options.

It’s happened to all of us...

So who do you trust to take your photographs?

It's definitely a practice of deep trust, if you ask me. I wouldn't ask just anyone to make my photos, that's for sure. There are so many questions I'd ask myself aside from the obvious ones like "do they have experience?" and "are they technically educated and know what they're doing?" I would wonder what their values are, what their home life looks like, what their hobbies and interests are, and what makes them smile. What's their personality like? Are they friendly? Personable? Sensitive to others? Helpful? Honest? Happy? Pleasant?

But what I'd really want to know is whether or not they cherish the same things that I do with a similar perspective. Only then would I feel as though they were capable of seeing my world similar to the way I do and capturing my memories for me in an even more beautiful way than how I remembered them to be in the first place.

I wouldn't want them interfering with my moments either. Unless it's during a time where the intention of the photograph is to capture an artistic look or a classic portrait, I just want them to creatively document, inspired by what’s happening around them.

The best photos of us are taken when we don't even know the camera is nearby. But let's be honest, not all photographs can be taken completely candidly - sometimes a little direction is in order and we need a little direction sometimes. But I'd want my photo taken by someone who has the discernment to know when to instruct or direct me through the series of moments, and when to hold back and let it play out. Because only then can it truly be photographed in the most organic way, wouldn't you agree?

i’d love to connect with you

If you’re in search of someone to guide you along as you're photographed, but only when it's necessary, make you feel confident, and capture your moments as genuine and true-to-life as they did in deed happen, all while creating a pretty picture at the same time… then I think we should chat because it sounds like we're on the same page. :)