What is the true value of photography?
Life is busy, for each of us. We might be busy in different ways — but when it comes down to it, we are all bogged down with tight schedules and the chaos that comes with just living life. We’re so busy that booking and prepping for a photography shoot might seem completely overwhelming and unachievable. It takes time to research and find a photographer you love, then you have to nail down the date and venue — and finally, plan the outfits. Depending on how many people you have in your family, this can be a full-time job in and of itself — nevermind getting everyone to agree to wear what you selected!
Baby Jones Is 9 Months Old
Executing a professional photoshoot might seem like more trouble than it’s worth — but to truly justify that mindset — you have to ask yourself, what IS it worth?
In my opinion, both as a professional and (more importantly) as a mother – the true value of photography is the ability to capture and then look back at a moment in time. Ask any parent who has children grown and gone and they’ll confirm, life looks very different from where they sit. Having the ability to flip through albums or stare at framed images on the mantel offers a sweetness nothing else can. Those are the moments in life when true, deep value is understood (and appreciated).
I’ve been a professional photographer for over seven years, and a mother for *almost* one — and I’m now seeing this potential value for what it truly represents more clearly than ever.
Children have a beautiful way of showing us what is most important in life. They keep our humility in check, and that is such a wonderful gift.
The past nine months with Jones have been life-changing in every possible way. I’ve learned more about myself this past year than any year prior. Being intentional about taking his photographs every three months is something I know I’ll never regret.
Is it always easy to squeeze these sessions in? No way. Nevermind getting around to editing them (by the time you read this, Jones will have already turned 10 months!). But – none of that matters. What matters is that I took the time to capture him at nine months, before that moment passed.
I will treasure these photos of my sweet boy for all of my life.