Eudora Welty, a photographer and Pulitzer Prize recipient, once said “A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.”
Ansel Adams, renowned photographer, said “A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.”
For me, a photograph should evoke a memory, an emotion, or a reaction; it should bring old memories alive again. Whether it’s a family, business, or sports portrait, I want a photo which captures the essence of the moment. I want to be drawn into the moment the photo was taken, and to understand the subject at that moment – what were they feeling, what moment did the photographer want to capture, why was it important to the client or the photographer. Every photograph has a story, whether that story is as simple as “I liked the way that flower looked” or as complex as “this was taken at our wedding, and I knew at the time that this elderly family member wouldn’t be with us much longer”. I love real photos with a story behind them.
As a kid, I hated having my picture taken. As an adult, I treasure those old pictures because they remind me of all the memories and experiences I had. Even more so, looking through photos my parents and grandparents have and listening to the stories and memories they have creates a deeper connection to them, and helps to me to understand them so much more.
As a photographer, I want to capture photos that my family and clients will treasure. I want the photos I capture of my family to be real and substantive; and I want to be able to look back on them, to smile and remember that special moment. I want the same for photos I capture for my clients.
“Photography is a magical kind of art that allows people to preserve time and moments, and to describe the world as they see it.” – Sahara Sanders
So, why is photography important to you? What do you want or expect when you look at a photograph?