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A Camera Documents the Present

by | Apr 11, 2021 | Leah's Blog

A Camera Documents the Present to Allow For Memories of the Past

As a child I grew up observing.  Always observing and watching everything going on around me.  Some good and honestly, some not so good.  But I always felt it should be documented.  It should be remembered somehow.  One set of grandparents owned a motorhome and traveled around the US.  They would take me with them on many of their journeys.  They were the ones who gave me my first camera at the age of 6.  It was a Polaroid.  The kind that had the picture come out right away.  Well, they learned pretty quickly that I went through film like crazy, but I was taking pictures of good things.  Not just random silly pictures.  So, on our trip they ended up getting me a Kodak disk camera.  I remember having that thing for several years.  It went on quite a few trips around the US.  It got to see Mt. Rushmore, the Rocky Mountains, so many campgrounds that we stopped at.  I remember lots of fun on those trips.  All of my cameras got a workout as a kid.  This is where I learned a camera documents the present for me and then allowed me to remember the memories for years to come.  I wonder where those pictures are today?  The ones that got me started on my journey.  I sure would like to look at them and reminisce on the journey’s I took all those years ago.

I continued taking photos all throughout my childhood, teenage years and young adult life documenting the present with my camera of choice.  I can’t even imagine the amount of money my parents spent on film and developing the film for me.  I had photo album after photo album that held precious memories.  Kids now days have no idea what it was like to use film and have to wait to get it developed.  I think that was part of the special memories of my past.  While a camera documents the present and I was busy documenting, now I look back on those days and think about how much receiving those photos has changed.

In 2000, I became a mother.  I thought I took a lot of pictures before.  Nothing could compare to how many pictures I took of this perfect subject I had now.  By the time Jake was born, I had gone through a lot of cameras as technology improved.  Since I felt a camera documented the present to allow us to look back on memories, I wanted the best.  I had a 35 mm camera, but I was so frustrated over the pictures I was getting.  You know, once babies get to a certain age, they start kicking their legs and flailing their arms. My pictures kept coming out blurry.  This was NOT okay with me!    I am a little bit of a perfectionist and my baby was perfection!  I wanted to show the world just how perfect he was, and I wasn’t able to always capture his perfection with the camera I had.  I was frustrated.  My perfect idea of a camera documents the present, especially of my little boy was not working out.

Well, after much research I discovered I needed, (yes, I needed) a DSLR camera.  So, I invested in my first Canon Rebel.  It had buttons! Lots of buttons.  I had a lot to learn.  Over the years, I did learn how to use it and was thankful for it when Jake began taking karate at the age of 5.  I needed something that would capture his fast action shots. I was so thankful I made the jump into the DSLR world when I did and I have never looked back.  I think I should contact Canon and tell them I have a new slogan for them.  They could use my slogan of, “A Camera Documents the Present to Allow For Memories of the Past”.  I found that my camera truly was a dream come true.  After all, I have tested out enough cameras to find the perfect fit for me!

Over the years I upgraded my Canon Rebel for another Canon or two, but I always knew my passion was photography.  I always knew if I had another life to live, I would go into photography.  I was given that chance in January of 2020 and I jumped in with both feet!  I was scared, but excited. You aren’t often given the opportunity to do what you love, and I was lucky enough to have it! Click here to see the camera I am currently shooting with.

I am living proof that a camera documents the present to allow for memories of the past.  I am so thankful that my grandparents gave me my first camera which led to many more.  I am so thankful that my parents fed my obsession with other purchases of cameras, film and developing film.  I am so thankful to my husband for allowing me to purchase additional cameras over the years so that I could capture simply the best shots of our son because now that is all we have left of him.  Memories.  Memories that I am so thankful to have and so thankful that I documented through photography.  Those photographs are memories that allow us to look back on his years and remember all the cute, funny, silly, adventurous, and amazing things he did.  This is why photography is so important to me.

Photography is important enough to me that I made it a career.  Nothing can stop me now!  I started as a photographer who was getting her feet wet by shooting and burning, but now I offer a full-service portrait experience for my clients.  Check out my previous blog post on how my fist year of photography went. I work very closely now with my clients so that I can provide the best experience possible.  I want to get to know my clients and help them see the value of what I can offer them as a full-service portrait studio from my service, to client closet, to printed products, advice and more.