Do you ever have a moment when you’re watching your child do something and you feel like this moment is something you’re going to remember when you’re older? This photograph is one of these moments for me. Sometimes my minis are just doing everyday ordinary things – riding a bike, cuddling with our dog or making pancakes. I’m not sure if this happens to me because my minis feel like they are growing up so quickly (now 12 & 16) or if it’s just because there’s something sweet about the moment.
This is the very reason I love photography; if for nothing else, I am preserving moments for me to look back on when my kids are grown, leading their own lives, busy with everyday tasks or have their own children. This is for me. Documenting their life is for me. Little things, big things, funny things and even sad things – all collectively storing in my memory bank.
Of course, the added benefit of documenting their life through photographs is also to preserve memories for them and for their children. I want my children to have tangible photographic memories to touch, to frame and to pass on to their children. Some of my most treasured photographs are the old family photos of my grandparents, my parents (at prom!), and me and my siblings growing up. Photographs give us a glimpse into the past by giving us a sense of time and a space.
Since we live in a fast-paced digital age, it is critical that we print photographs on paper to preserve these moments, these memories, and these lives. You don’t have to be a professional photographer. You just need to take the photographs. Capture the memories – the candid, unposed or posed, silly and sometimes even sad. Print the photographs. Document your life. Preserve your memories.
I am a portrait photographer located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. If you'd like help documenting your family's life, whether it's day to day or for a more formal session, feel free to contact me. I'd love to capture your family's story and bring it from camera to paper. I specialize in newborn photography, children photography and high school senior portraits. I also offer a one on one "Sip & Chat" to discuss basic tips and tricks to help you improve your photography. Some of the cities I serve in Washington include: Vancouver, Camas, Brush Prairie, Battle Ground, Ridgefield, and Washougal (along with the Portland, Oregon metro area).