TLDR: In the wake of the Corona Virus we have been reminded that memories are important; so is capturing them, holding them and cherishing them. I specialise in capturing life and telling stories with my Family Portrait Packages and newly introduced Family Memories Package. Give the gift of a snapshot in time to a loved one.
It's been such a challenging time for everyone over these last 12 weeks, the Corona Virus has literally changed the way we live, shop and interact with others. Possibly forever.
It has also been a time for reflection, a time to remember what's actually important in life and a time to focus on each other. Many people have used this time to learn new skills and have reconnected with our loved ones in a way we didn't know existed before this crisis. Zoom, FaceTime & Video Chat, new to so many are now a way of life. Although it has been hard and, at times, a challenge, it has also brought us closer together, made us better people and reminds us that above all else friends, family, living a good life and making memories are the most important things we have in this world.
I hope that even after this crisis passes, people remember its lessons, the love shown in oh-so-many small ways, the things you didn't realise you took for granted, the things that make you happy (fresh coffee for me!) and the fact that people, on the whole, are really rather wonderful. As a family, we have received so many small acts of kindness that were almost unthinkable before all this hit; a small bunch of flowers picked from the garden, a stay well package from a neighbour, drinks and heart-to-hearts over the fence, hand-me-down clothes for Lucinda and thoughtful loving cards - these all served to make our world a little brighter. We of course reciprocated and hopefully brightened others days too. I will never look at sweet peas in the same way again, their colour and smell are etched on my soul.
So, memories.... Being a photographer I am not in many images, but I have used lock-down to start teaching my 5 year old daughter, the art of photography. In return, she taught me, that I need to be in family portraits too - and yes, I am going to be booking a family portrait session with a good friend of mine soon!
Anyway, lets talk about one of her pictures; this is her first portrait! Terrible subject matter I know(!) but for her it will become a cherished memory of her father and her best friend, Monty. This image got me thinking about memories and how we have a responsibility to capture them, I have too few images of my Grandparents, too few images of my parents and too few images of us as a family. I guess you are the same? We need to change this. We need to capture and preserve memories, especially those of our loved ones and families, we need to celebrate life and print our pictures more, we need to get physical, people care about physical things.
A printed family photograph isn't just a picture, its a memory, a physical snapshot in time of a moment you will never get back. It's something more than just a photograph, memories become art, become cherished possessions that only grow in value as the years roll by. It's really rather wonderful to think that Lucinda's portrait will bring her joy in years to come, pride in her first portrait captured in the 'Lockdown of 2020', the love she felt and the close bond we formed when the world stopped and we lived for love as a family with no distractions or pressures other than to 'stay safe' what a memory!
So I want to extend the offer of making and preserving these memories to you. My standard Family Portrait Package focuses on small family units but my Family Memories Package is going to be about capturing everyone who is special in your life. I want to spend 3 hours outdoors with you and your family, possibly at the beach, at a picnic, on a walk with the dogs, wherever you as a family feel connected and I want to capture that bond as we make memories together. Then I want to print them, professionally, so you have that physical memories to cherish as the years go by.
Please take a look at my Vouchers should you want to invest in or gift a snapshot in time to a loved one.
Stay safe, Cherish Life and Share the Love.