Guest Post: Adam and Alli Hudson
There are so many reasons why people should have updated photos. It is so easy to get caught up in the chaoticness of life that one may forget to make time to capture the moments. Life is fleeting and those moments should be documented. None of us are guaranteed any amount of time on this earth and putting off photos might mean that you run out of time. We know that sounds morbid, but we are just keeping it real. You will want to leave your family and friends with photos to go along with their memories of you. Don't just take our word for it. Here is a firsthand testimonial from one of our former brides, "It's important to get photos because you never know how short life can be. I took a silly photo of Matt, my husband, and his cousin Brian one day. A few months later Brian passed away in a car wreck. Everyone smiles when they see the photo remembering how silly they were. Our memories may fade over time, but pictures help us remember the details of the good times and great people that have been in our lives." (Valerie Fagan, 2014)
Most people have a list of excuses for putting off photos. The excuses are different for everyone. Maybe you are waiting to lose weight, maybe you are waiting to get a darker tan, or maybe you are waiting until your kids are older. Whatever the reason, you should ask yourself if those things will really matter if you aren't around any longer. Will those excuses comfort your friends and family when they are wanting to see photos of you to go with their memories?
Karl Lagerfeld said, “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” While there is nothing wrong with simply capturing what someone looks like at a particular point in life for the sake of posterity, capturing WHO that person is in a singular moment is what truly differentiates a treasured keepsake from simple documentation. Your family and friends will want treasured keepsakes of you. Think about whatever it is that is keeping you from photos and ask yourself if that will change the love you have for the people in your photos with you. Will it change their love for you? Hopefully the answer is no. Most people that look at your photos will just see their mom that has taken care of them their whole life, or their dad that taught them to play ball, or their best friend that they cherish. They won't be looking at how much you weigh, how dark your tan is, or anything else superficial. The viewer just sees the person that they love.
Another great reason for having updated photos is just to experience the actual session. A photo session can be a really great reason just to spend time together. You can block off a few hours to spend just enjoying each other’s company. A photo session should be sweet and fun. It should be a time to celebrate your love together. That can be a couple’s session, a family session, or even a session for a special event. All of the above should be filled with love and show the true personalities of the people in the photos. You could have an activity to do together for your photos. Think about your hobbies and interest together as a couple or as a family. Incorporate those into your photo session and you will forget that there is even a camera present. Having an activity will take your mind off of the actual photos and allow you to relax. Your photos should show your true personality so have activities that are genuine to who you are as a person or as a family. If you like eating pizza at the park, go for it! If your family is normally goofy and playful, then don’t be afraid to show that in your photos! Just be yourself and have a professional photographer capture those moments for you.
As a photographer, as a son, as a daughter, as a brother, as a sister, as a friend, one day as parents, and as a compassionate child of God, our goal is to continually strive to nurture the capacity to capture the fleeting moments, often hidden vulnerability, and the intensity of love between every person that steps in front of our camera. As professional photographers it is this skill that matters beyond all else. Just like a child learns to crawl, stand, and eventually walk the budding shutter bug must first learn the necessary prerequisite technical and creative skills to simply take a good picture. There is a skilled artistry needed to capture a truly lovely moment, a bond, tenderness, or fragility; just as the ability to capture love, requires a lifetime of persistent practice and a compassionate heart. Make sure that you choose a photographer that not only has the technical skills needed for a good photograph, but also the ability to bring out who you truly are as a couple or a family.
We hope this short article has not only shown you the importance of having updated photos, but has also INSPIRED you to have a fun, creative session with the ones you love. Go book your session and enjoy each other’s company!