So because I've really had photography on the brain lately (well I suppose I'm always thinking about it), I decided to write a little list of the reasons I enjoy photography. There are about a hundred reasons why I love it, but here are my top five.
This one is a "duh". I think it's safe to say that if you were to survey 100 people, and ask what they would grab out of their house first if it was on fire -- they would all respond with "Pictures!" (whether it be prints or a digital hard drive). Photos are invaluable and so so important for our posterity. We are so blessed to have the technology now to make it SO easy to take and keep photographs of our loved ones. They are the single most important thing that we can pass down.
2) It allows me to develop a talent.
I strongly believe that we are all blessed with certain talents and abilities. Some we notice right away, and others are developed over time. The thing I love so much about Photography, is that there is always room to grow and learn. There's something special, and gratifying about nurturing a talent and being able to look back and see how my particular skill has changed over the years. It's pretty inspiring.
3) I can give back.
Do I love pictures of my own family? Absolutely. But being able to help others capture milestones and help them to preserve those memories is so rewarding!! Nothing makes me happier then a client who invests in and appreciates my ability to help them capture who they are, and who their family is. A picture may just be a snapshot in time, but it represents our lives and our significance here on earth. Sounds cheesy, but it's true. So thankful to be able to offer my time & talent, and produce something tangible for people to keep and pass along to loved ones.
4) Helps me be more aware & appreciative.
Photography has an incredible ability to help me be more aware of my surroundings. Since becoming a photographer, I've been able to find beauty in seemingly insignificant places. I've learned to appreciate things like architecture, nature, animals and all of the other things we so often take for granted. Because I can look through my camera lens and see something totally different than the average passerby-er. Sometimes it actually annoys the people with me, because I'll want to stop and take a pictures of something that other people might think is a waste of time. But like I said, I find things so much more interesting now that I'm a photographer.
5) Me time.
Obviously, I love taking pictures of my boys. But I feel like when I step away from my 'mom life' to take photos of clients, or just go out and start shooting for fun, it gives me some of the best alone time ever. It allows me to kind of disconnect from everything else going on and just enjoy myself, doing something I genuinely love to do. It really does refuel my tank a little and helps me to keep balance in my life.
Gosh I can think of like at least 10 more things I want to list. But I'll stop here for now! :)
Are you a photography lover as well?? What are your favorite things to take pictures of?