Back in 1999, when I first started getting more “seriously” into photography it was purely for fun and documentation of life. Back then, digital cameras were still in their infancy. That you could take more images faster and without extra cost sped up my skills and my enjoyment of photography. Later on, learning how to make better images was a more calculated venture. We were about to have our first child and I wanted to be ready to take better photos.
Family photography is in my blood. My grandfather made a lot of photos and videos throughout the prime of his life, and I am continuing in that tradition. I have possession of my grandfather’s videos and photos. We restored and digitized his videos only recently. The process of restoration and ultimately viewing his life’s work made me realize all over again the importance that photography has to me. Family photos are heirlooms. When it comes down to it, we value photographs more than most things we have in our possessions.
Over the past 12 plus years, I’ve made thousands of family photos. Some images I would call heirlooms because they’re documented milestones that future generations will appreciate seeing. Some of my photographs are family heirlooms because of the emotions they evoke. Regardless of contexts such as birthdays, first-time events, or other childhood milestones, having pictures to refer back to for decades to come is invaluable.
It’s these more important-to-me images that fuel my photography. I want to produce treasured photographs for other families. I want to leave behind a legacy of images that my friends, family, and clients will cherish for a lifetime and beyond.
Apart from my family, there are few ventures more important to me than photography. Creating photographs, seeing people’s delight in the images I make for their family, are what I strive for.