Fundraising for cancer research is a cause very close to my heart. And, with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event coming up May 3-4, 2013, I am reminded how invaluable family photographs are. Cherishing and sharing pictures of our loved ones can be so heartwarming and healing. For March and April, I am donating half of all session fees to the ACS Relay for Life. My goal is to complete 8 sessions! And, as a personal thank you, I will include a free 8×10 print.
Life is so precious. And, in truth, we are fragile beings. Just today, I heard the story of a family who lost their 6-week-old baby girl to serious complications from birth. A family friend recently shared how her mom is getting older and not doing well. And, last month, another friend told me about his loved one being diagnosed with cancer. He is hopeful, but the prognosis is grim.
I share these conversations with you because they all have something indistinct, yet very important, in common. Over and over I heard: “We should do pictures.” “I wish we had more photos.” “Something always needs to be done before we can schedule a photo session.” The sad irony hit me hard. Even as a professional photographer, I catch myself waiting for the right moment to capture MY OWN family. But the solution is simple: DON’T WAIT.
Don’t wait for children to be better behaved, or for bruises to heal. Don’t wait until you’re the “right” weight, or for the “right” haircut. Don’t wait for the winning lotto ticket, or for deployment orders. Don’t wait.
Your life… your family… your memories DESERVE to be captured in time. So, get your whole family together and set the camera on a tripod with a timer. Bribe a neighbor or friend to come snap pictures of your gang. Watch for specials from your favorite photographer. Make a point to save up for a well-deserved professional photo shoot. Your memories are worth the best!
When you pull out the family photo album to show your son’s girlfriend; glance at the frame on your desk at work; or share a scrapbook of life at grandpa’s wake… you will remember: How much you loved! How much you lived! How glad you are that you didn’t wait!
This week is the 7th anniversary of the passing of my best friend’s mom, Marilyn. She BEAT cancer! Months after being declared cancer-free, Marilyn died of a complication. Seven years has gone by so quickly, and we still miss her… deeply. I know how much my friend treasures her family’s last portrait with her mom. Marilyn’s hair was just growing back from the chemotherapy and radiation treatments, but what my friend sees most is how strong her mom and her family were… how much fun they shared… how they loved each other. That photo is a true love story… an invaluable gift… one that will keep on giving. So, DON’T wait. Wrangle up the kids and convince your spouse. Load up the pets and throw together some outfits. Make the time. Make the investment. Together! That’s the important part: being together. Being whole as a family. Remembering who we are and who we were. Sharing stories with our children and grandchildren. Writing your own love story with moments and memories.
As a professional photographer, I am often privy to the most intimate family events. I pride myself on capturing what is real,: the emotion, the time, the moment. It would be an honor to help you fill your family album with beautiful memories.
The important thing is to take pictures, make the memories, and make it a priority.