This is my grandpa. This is my mom’s dad. This is Cecil.
P.S. – He’s the one in the black shirt! 🙂
I never had the opportunity to meet Cecil, he passed away quite some time before I was born. Oh how I wish I could have known him. Cecil raised my mom on his own for most of her life, and loved her well. While I actually never had the opportunity to meet, talk, touch, or know Cecil myself; I feel like I know him through my mom and who she is today. I feel like I know a little about him through the stories my mom tells and the photographs we have.
I don’t have many pictures of my grandpa, and I’ve only seen a few photos of him in my life.
While I may not have my grandparents here today, their legacy still lives on in our family. I love listening to my mom talk about her family and hearing about the stories she remembers. I love searching through our family history getting to know my ancestors better and piece together our legacy. I love knowing how I got to where I am today. Knowing my family better helps me understand that.
Cecil’s legacy has lived on through stories my mom tells and the few precious photographs we have.
This is why I love photography.
I believe photographs are more that just pictures. I believe when you take a picture, it is not only cherished in the now, but will be held onto with love and passed on for generations to come. I believe that photographs preserve memories. I believe that my job as a photographer is to help you capture your most precious memories to keep forever.
I think it’s so important to take QUALITY photos documenting your life. You don’t need a million images on your iphone and on social media (I’m pretty sure your children will never sift through all those anyhow!). Just document the important moments and spend the rest of your time living.
I challenge you to take the time to document your most precious moments and print them. That’s right print them! Showcase them in your home where you can see them every day. Print them so you can easily share them with others. I’m pretty if you don’t print them you’ll forget about them and they’ll get lost in the electronic abyss (speaking from personal experience!).
I hope you preserve your most precious memories so your granddaughter can some day have the fondest memories and stories of you through your photographs.
What are your most cherished photographs? What memories do you have associated with those photographs? I’d love to hear your stories! How do you preserve your legacy?