Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Why Photos are Important | Sarnia/ Lambton County Portrait Photographers

If you read this blog you know that our catch phrase is "we remember moments, not days....".

I know for myself that there are very few days that I remember, but I do remember snippets of days. Some of the reason I remember those moments in time are due to the fact that over the years we have taken tons and tons of photos.

I fight the blues bad in January. It is a month where I hardly touch my camera in regards to family life and where we do very little client shoots.

The following is a letter posted by  photographer Jeanine Thurston on her blog Fototails Photography. She has given permission share it.

July 2nd, 2011

Jeanine - 

Today I am writing for a couple of reasons.  I have some quiet time at the moment and need to get a couple of things off my mind.  I will leave this for my husband to deliver to you when he is ready.
You photographed my wedding, you photographed my first pregnancy and my first baby.  I contacted you awhile back to photograph my 2nd child and family.  After getting prices and realizing I would want all of the pictures as we love your work – I decided against spending $500+ – which is what I normally spend for portraits and prints with you..  Please know it is not because I don’t value your amazing eye, or how much we love the experience.

That week that I decided to NOT do a session with you, this is how I spent some money.

On Sunday I called and cancelled our session.  Monday I went out and got my hair cut ($39+tip), and colored ($65), Thursday I had my nails done ($24), my family went out to dinner at a somewhat expensive restaurant for no particular reason costing us $79 + tip.  This was just 4 days since canceling our session, already totaling over $200 for un necessary things.  My nails only lasted about 2 weeks, my hair is gone, and seven weeks passed when I got the phone call from our doctor.  It was not something I expected and the cancer has spread very quickly.  I will be leaving my husband, my 6 year old girl and my now 2 year old – not by choice.  It is very hard for me to talk about it which is why I need to write you.

I watch your Facebook page and your posts about the value of a photo and if I could give back all of those things that I purchased this few weeks after I cancelled my session with you, knowing what I know now, and have that session, well… I would do it in a heartbeat. 

Now my time is done and there are no more chances for me.  The next time someone cancels a session – my wish is that you forward this letter to them.  Time is fragile, it is gone before you know you had it.  If you charged $200 for one print it wouldn’t be enough for what it is actually worth.  I cringe to think that my priorities were a manicure over a memory to pass onto my babies and husband.

My love and thanks for what you have given us from past photos.  I am so sorry that I did not see it as more than paper until now.

Karen L.

Heartbreaking. This, my friends, is just one of the reasons why I take pictures. Time is short. Sometimes we don't know how short. Don't let the expense of having family photos take away your memories. It's only a piece of paper until....

I'm going to go pick up my camera now and take some photographs.

Because we remember moments, not days...

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