Creating Your Artistic Legacy
When working on a business one has to define who you are going to be and what differentiates you from others out there in the business. It is an extremely laborious and time consuming process to do it correctly. We wrote a blog to share some of our thoughts behind our company's new slogan catch phrase. We thought we would share it as is speaks from the Why of our passion as photographers. Maybe you can grab a cup of coffee and join in the discussion.
"Creating Your Artistic Legacy"
We know that a picture can say 1000 words. We've all looked at pictures of our parents, or grandparents, and laughed at the big hairdo's, and Elvis style suits. Though these pictures bring us much laughter and joy, it brings us so much more than that. It's what connects us to our heritage. We can look at them and find resemblances to ourselves, our children, even grandchildren. How many times have we heard the words "you look just like your Father", or "your daughter is a spitting image of your mother when she was that age". It happens all the times while looking through old photographs, and because of that capture, the legacy of Grandma and Grandpa is passed down from generation to generation. It's pretty amazing when you think about it.
That's why we do what we do.
We know that your brand new baby, will never fit in your arms this way again. That their first birthday, will be the only "first" birthday they will ever celebrate. That all these "first moments" from the day they were born, right through to becoming a great grandpa themselves, will never happen again, and that is where we fit into the picture. We want to create your artistic legacy, through your emotions and capture them so that you can cherish them forever.
Almost anyone can TAKE a picture now-a-days and grainy, blurry cell phone pictures abound everywhere. They get posted to social media in mind numbing numbers. It takes a photographer to MAKE a picture. The truly great captures happen when an artist captures a memorable moment clearly and with quality that will stand the test of the mantle portrait. An artist is someone who sees the world in ways most never do. They get awestruck over the glint of the setting sun in the eyes of a senior, they huddle freezing over a cup of coffee waiting for the first rays of a sunrise, without a second thought laying prostrate in a mud puddle to capture the angle no one else sees. Those are the people who shoot for the passion of what they create and those are the people you want behind the camera to capture your legacy.
It is after all yours. No one else in the world is that unique mix of you. Wether you like your family nose or hate your lazy left eye. That familiar slope of your shoulders and the split in your center teeth may not be Hollywood perfect but they are completely you. You've earned everyone of those gray hairs Dad. Mom each and everyone of those wrinkles, you labor so hard to conceal, are all testaments to sleepless nights and chaos filled days that birthed and raised those babies.
Someone who sees you as you are but sees that just over there in the corner of the maternity suite would be perfectly organic place to capture the moment you hold your first grand baby. That waiting 15 minutes for the sun to drop just a bit more will silhouette you perfectly as the bride on a bridge to a new life. That dropping down and shooting through the litter on the first birthday table will allow there to be perspective as your firstborn plunges face first into a captured moment with you cheering wildly at their side. Just as you will when they hit the winning ball for the city little league championship, walk across the stage to make their valedictorian speech, smear cake all over the face of their soul mate, when their firstborn makes their grand entrance and you become a proud grandparent... at each and every milestone. We want to be there and be your recorder that sees your world as an artist and preserves your memories.
Your legacy is when your grand babies show their kids the moments that define them and their family roots. It gives perspective to the glitter in the eyes of what they see as just an old person in their sunset years. When they are shocked to see proof that grandma was once the belle of the ball and great grandpa was once an all star. Life is a circle and it does turn swiftly through the seasons and the years fade so quickly along with the memories. But your legacy of memory moments that changed your life can be preserved as the mark of your passage.
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Gene, you are also a gifted writer. You paint pictures with your words. I love to read your blogs!
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