Going through some old photographs recently, I came across this portrait of me beside my big sister Nerissa. It was probably taken somewhere around 1960.
While I was surfing the internet last night, I visited several websites and Facebook pages of people calling themselves "photographers". Some of the most unnerving things I saw, (there were many) was that most of these "photographers" had their clients book their own session on-line, only spent 10-20 minutes with the client and- get this - NO PRINTS! The clients images were emailed to them. I honestly couldn't believe how far this industry had fallen. With that in mind, please take a moment to read an article that my friend, Tim Walden recently wrote...
Legacy...anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor.
I never thought I would see the day you could be a photographer, yet not provide a print. We are certainly experiencing an unintended consequence of a digital era that can have devastating outcomes.
Truly, it is an amazing time and technology is providing the artist a tool unlike we have ever seen. Our imagination is limitless because the potential in limitless. But like all great things, we have to watch the things that are unintended, the things that sneak up on us and, if we aren't careful, will leave us surprised and with regrets down the road.
We are experiencing a time when more photographs are being taken than ever before and yet, our legacy has never been in jeopardy as much as it is right now.
According to InfoTrend, a market research firm, over ONE TRILLION digital photos will be taken this year by consumers around the world.
If you are a sentimental person like me, you have looked at images of parents, grandparents and great grandparents and marveled at the way they were so much like you or your sister or brother. Wow, they have the same eyes…or look, that is your smile exactly!
Photographs provide joy and excitement the day you take them and they make us smile and laugh, but it’s what they do for us in a year, five years and twenty five years from now that truly make them valuable.
The least value a photograph has is the day it is taken. Nothing has changed and we are looking at an image that is like looking in a mirror. Then time passes, memories fade and people change. That is when those moments become more and more valuable.
A printed photograph is one of very few things I can absolutely guarantee will grow in value.
The problem is, when you are in the moment, there is always tomorrow, so we think. Portrait photography is the easiest thing to procrastinate on because what difference is a day or two going to make yet, we look up and a year has gone by, then two years, then a decade.
And since we are enjoying snapshots from our phones all this time, so we aren’t even aware that we are losing our legacy when these photos remain on our phones and are never printed.
Legacy is important and printed portraits are part of your legacy for your family. Take the time today to plan a portrait with us...no regrets!