“It’s been a hard day. You’re tired–and let’s face it–a little cranky. OK, a lot cranky.
So to cheer yourself up, you walk over to your computer and fire up the DVD of your recent family portrait session so that you can flip through the images. After seeing the slideshow playing on your tiny laptop, you can’t wait until the rest of the family comes over so that you can pass the computer around the dinner table.
Here’s another scenario, similar to the first, except for one crucial point: those incredible, indelible images are hanging on your walls. You see them every time you walk by; you smile every time you walk by. In each room of your home, the heirloom photographic art makes your heart swell, overflowing with the investment you’ve made in your family, the investment in adding permanence to your memories.”
It’s always a good idea to revisit why you do what you do. No matter what it is that you do, or how long you’ve been doing it.
My answer to this question comes easily these days. I got into photography what feels like a billion years ago because something I couldn’t explain drew me into it. My first SLR was a clunky old Pentax 35mm, and I went crazy with it, shooting everything I saw, slowly narrowing and defining my passion. The journey from then to now makes a long story spanning 20 years, so I’ll sum it up: the life experiences I’ve had – ALL of them – have shaped and informed my “why.” I now know so much more clearly the reasons I hold a camera and charge someone to take their photograph (and I hope to never stop learning and growing in that regard). So…why?
Because there are bad days. Days when I feel depleted and not enough. Days when I wonder when my kids got so grown-up. Days when I need to be reminded that I have an awesome family that makes my heart nearly burst with joy and gratitude. Those are the days that I need to see my family portraits on the walls: my babies fast asleep with their endless lashes on their cheeks; my husband holding me tight and looking at me with love; all of us piled on top of each other in a tickle fight; my husband washing our mud-covered toddler in the kitchen sink of our first home.
That’s who we are as a family; that’s what I need to remind me of the love and joy when things get hard. And that’s my passion for my business – to bring those same reminders to other families.
I know what it’s like to be a frazzled, overtired parent who, if they could wish for one thing, would wish for more time. Photography is the one thing I’ve found that can actually give you that time. It can freeze time and preserve the moment, and allow you to carry it with you throughout your life. It creates heirloom treasures for future generations (if you have a photograph of your grandparents as young parents you know what I mean).
This is more than a business to me; it’s heart work.
So my challenge to you today is to get those pictures off your hard drives and up onto your walls and in albums that you and your family can see every day. To remind you who you are. To remind you of what’s important.
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Emily Lapish is a lifestyle photographer in Chattanooga, TN specializing in all things family-related. She spends her time
fending off wild animals raising three boys with her husband, and enjoys long walks through Target while cradling a hazelnut latte.
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