Today’s blog post on DPS entitled ‘Take Good Photos Of Loved Ones’ really hit home with me and I thought I’d share this reminder with you as well as my own personal story.
One morning during the fall of my senior year of college, I was getting ready for class when I received the most devastating call from my cousin who told me that my one of my best friends (who also happened to be a family friend) had passed away in a car accident the night before. I remember the feeling of shock and numbness and all of the other intense emotions that come from grieving the sudden loss of a loved one.
While the next couple of days were a blur, I remember calling my family and having them pull out every box of photos that I had in my room to bring to me at college. I had all of my photos spread across my bedroom floor on the hunt for photos of him. In the end I was able to gather 17 precious photos that I used to make a photo collage for his memorial service.
As Peter West Carey says in his post, “One day someone you love will no longer be here and all you will have are the memories. I know this sounds obvious, but we often forget it in our day to day lives.
… It’s those photos of happier times that can help us along the process of working through our tears. It’s been a week and I’m preparing images to share with friends. While there are still tears, there is more joy in my heart when I look at those photos.
Time heals. Photos help too.”
While taking photos of your loved ones is important, the same goes for the value of professional photos. Getting personal portraits and family portraits taken can easily slip down on our ‘to-do’ lists as we get distracted by our busy lives. However, let today be a reminder to not only cherish those around you but to take the time to take photos and perhaps even let a pro create a beautiful memory for you to cherish.
Even though we’re rapidly approaching 7 years since one of my best friends passed, it still feels like yesterday. I still can’t believe that I only have 17 photos of someone who had such a profound impact on my life. (Keep in mind this was in the days before digital cameras.) I think this is the main reason that I am so became so shutter happy. As an optimist, I can see the bright side is that my drive and love for capturing beautiful images of my friends and loved ones has blossomed into what Life In Focus Photography is today. While he may not be here in the physical world, I know he’s cheering me on from the other side and I hope that I am making him proud.
AJ and I in 2001 watching my younger brother play football.
This is AJ’s classic smile. This photo was taken on City Island in Harrisburg where we spent quite a bit of time together discussing life and having fun.