In recent times my Grandad and Nonna passed away and these two events really got me thinking about the importance of photography.
I’m very aware of how I shape memories. At weddings I find myself drawn to candid moments when people are laughing and relaxed. Over the years my mum and dad have taken hundreds of photos and I love that nostalgic feeling when I flick through our childhood photo albums. Upon reflection I think my inspiration for most images I’ve taken are the way my mum and dad took family photos.
I also love that images will mean different things at different times. As a teenager I loved looking through my parents albums with shock at their hilarious fashion choices. Years later I’m surprised how similar I look to my mum and currently I understanding the true value of photos as loved ones pass away.
Yes, we all love recent photos to share on our socials but let’s be honest, they will become so much more important to us in 5, 10, 50 years time. Perhaps my future children or grandchildren will look back and laugh at photos of me in my twenties with long brown hair and terrible 2019 fashion choices.
One of my favourite things about my job as a wedding photographer is knowing that in the future my images will be more so much more valuable and special. Perhaps to comfort someone when they are missing their loved ones.