I am just getting home from attending Imaging USA, a very large photography convention put on by the Professional Photographers of America. I was able to sit and listen to some of the top photographers in the world, Sue Bryce, Ana Brandt, Alli Peck and Clyde Butcher, to name just a few. I was able to sit, listen and learn and even shoot beside of these amazing mentors and the one resounding idea that I learned was this, that portraits are to be treasured and passed down from generation to generation. Our world is so interested in having everything digital, and we are so quick to store all of our image on our phones or our computers. I too am guilty of this and as I listened to the speakers I found myself considering that maybe, just maybe it was time for a change.
I grew up with my grandparents and watched the 8-track tapes turn into cassette tapes, and then into VHS turn into DVDs. I’ve seen and worked with floppy disks, CDs and flash drives. Now we’ve progressed into dropbox and clouds, where our digital files can be kept online, shared through cell phone apps within seconds. Having an IT background I love all of the new technology but I have to wonder where we will be when my grandchildren are born … and their grandchildren. What will I be able to pass down to them? Will it be a CD of photos that I have taken, or can I do more.
Physical items, such as books, bibles, photos are something tangible, something that can be cherished and treasured and can literally be passed down through the years to come. I guess you could say that it all clicked for me over the past week and as a result, you will see a stronger emphasis on this in the studio over the next few months and hopefully even years.
I want to be a family historian, not just another photographer hired to simply take a picture. I want to be able to capture memories, and make it so that that memory can be shared long after I’m gone. I have thousands of photos on hard drives attached to my computer, but what good is that going to do for me in the next 10 years or 20? Nothing. I believe it’s time to do more. So here is how I am going to do just that.
I recently visited my grandmother, and realized that I had no recent portraits of her. I had a few cell phone shots, and plenty of “selfies” but nothing I could give to my children. So I changed that. We set up a quick studio set up in her kitchen, and being that she is an ordained minister, we used her favorite item, her Bible. I am so happy that I was able to capture her. She doesn’t wear makeup, and her jackets are a little too big. But this photo means the world to me and I can’t wait to print it and hang it up for everyone to see. When I’m down, I’ll walk by and see her strength and faith and it will make my day seem a little brighter. This is the power of a printed portrait. This will be my family treasure.
My first change of heart for 2016 leads me to announce my first ever custom line of portrait products.
This line will be called “Timeless Collection” and will offer you a portrait that I hope will be passed down for many many generations to come. A piece in this collection will have been created with a custom vintage edit by myself and printed on the highest quality fine art photography paper, with a brushed finish. These prints will also be signed by myself and will come with a certificate of authenticity and a lifetime guarantee.
Portraits are so much more than just a file on a disk or you computer, and I want to offer you this in the hopes that it will become a family treasure. Portraits from this collection must be ordered through my studio only and pickup will be required. I promise to make this the best of the best that I have to offer. You deserve to capture this and your family deserves the ability to pass this down.
Do not pass this opportunity up. Do not let it slip away. Life is so fragile and the years fly by before you can blink your eye. Let me help you capture you, your little one, or your family in a classical and timeless setting today.