Happy Tuesday friends! Today I want to share a personal life event that has such an impact on why I cherish photography and capturing images of LOVE and loved ones. For weddings especially, you get to share one of the biggest days of your life with family and friends that you may only see once a year or once every few years. I undoubtedly see the true value in capturing every moment possible with your loved ones who are enjoying the day with you.
“Keeping your wedding alive through print is something embedded into everything I do, from how I photograph to the end result of albums and prints, I believe that a printed photograph is timeless, because sometimes, it’s all you have left.”
All photographers begin somewhere, we all have a story. We all have a reason we love photography and why we get such joy from sharing photos of loved ones with our family and friends. This is my story.
I was only 6 years old, nearing the end of first grade, and the night is still a blur. On this night a tragedy happened – my family and I experienced a house fire. I was so little at the time, and the only memory I have is sitting in an ambulance with my younger brother, wrapped in a blanket, watching the flames take over our house. Literally everything, every room in the house burnt – except the closet in my moms bedroom. Do you know what is so special about this closet? It held years and years and YEARS of memories. All of the printed photos and picture albums my mom cherished were tucked away in this closet. After such a tragedy had struck that night, this was all she had left.
These photos have even more meaning than they ever did before. Now my mom gets to share all of her memories with me from the photographs that were saved that night in the fire. I got to enjoy looking back at them over the years, and going through them when it was time to create framed photos and slideshows for my own wedding. This is why it is so important for me to share my story with you, to show you the true value in printed photography.
In addition to providing such value to us, the photos can have even more meaning for the people who are not in the photos. The parents, the grandparents, the children, or the grandchildren who aren’t even born yet. Photography gives us those slices of time that allows our imagination to fill in the story.
Keeping your wedding alive through print is something embedded into everything I do, from how I photograph to the end result of albums and prints, I believe that a printed photograph is timeless, because sometimes, it’s all you have left.
The photos above reveal one of the most special photo albums to me that was left unharmed during our house fire. This albums holds memories of me when I was little, special moments with my mom, dad, family members I love, and some I’ve lost. I am so thankful to have these printed memories with me today.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read my story!
Just for Fun: ERICA’S FAVORITES
I cherish every second I get to spend with my daughter, son and husband. My little ones are almost 2 and 5 years old, and I’m soaking up every second of time I have with them while they’re young. We love family trips to the lake! Codorus Lake is our favorite – there is everything from hiking paths, horse trails, boat docks, swimming areas, and just large open areas to run around to be silly and have fun! I also love summertime and soaking up some sunshine, but am a sucker for fall and sweater-weather 🙂 I really do love all things cozy and warm. Speaking of cozy and warm, did someone say coffee??? A Starbucks Venti Pike Place to be exact 😉 I’m also an autism mommy to my sweet little boy Caleb, and love how he has already taught me so much in life. He has the best support we could ever ask for and we love watching him learn, grow, and interact with his amazing sister Kayleigh. Last but certainly not least, a favorite of mine would be looking around my home and seeing photos of my family everywhere I go. Down every hallway, in every room – looking at those memories and smiling remembering that exact moment in time.