In a few weeks, I’ll be attending the 20th annual Morton family reunion. A big part of this will be looking at photos of times past, of people still here and those lost. Photographs capture the moments in our lives that we don’t want to forget and are a gateway for our memories to take us back to loved ones past and present. I’ll see photos of my Dad’s boisterous laugh or my Mom’s thoughtful smile, and for a moment in time, they’ll be back here with me. I’ll see a picture of myself as a third grader at Smyrna Elementary and remember the walk to the library every week to read a new adventure of Babar or an Encyclopedia Brown story I hadn’t read yet.
I’ll see a picture of myself in a multi-colored jacket (that I can’t believe I ever actually wore) as a second grader, taking me back to the old Buchanan Elementary where you had to walk through the rain to get to the cafeteria. I’ll see pictures that take me back to the time my brother, Allen, and I snuck our two-year-old sister onto the school bus and darn near gave our stepmom a heart attack.
Right now, sitting at this computer, I see my gorgeous wife on our wedding day and go back to when I first saw her in her wedding dress with her Daddy holding her hand, coming to join her life, heart and soul to mine. These tears are real. What is also real is how much better the pictures look from our wedding than the pictures will look at the reunion. Class pictures were an assembly line process where we lined up, fake smiled, and moved onto the next one. While they capture the point in time, they don’t capture a crooked smile, a laugh of joy, or the other delights of life that are the difference between pictures and art. They don’t capture landscapes and fall colors with those emotions.
This is what Charlene is so wonderful at doing for Peace Love Paws Photography. She captures the spirit of the moment as well as the image. We don’t have to have our school pictures limited to an assembly line photo taking but can be an all-encompassing session that captures your child in that moment and time. From weddings to senior pictures to special moments like “Sweet Sixteen” parties, a professional photographer is a great investment in those memories. Thank you very much for reading my rambling today.
PS – I’ll be blogging here from time to time.