I always get asked this question; “why did you become a photographer?”. I always struggle with my answer. I have always loved photography. From middle school until now, you would never see me without a camera in my hand. That is usually what I tell people, but there is a deeper reason why I actually started my business over 4 years ago.
When I was a senior in high school, my dad was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He immediately started chemo and radiation and the tumor shrunk dramatically and he was able to stop treatments. Unfortunately, a few months later and one month before I left for college, my dad went for a check up appointment and was told that his cancer was back and had spread and strengthened. My dad went back to receiving treatments, but this time was much more difficult; he remained in the hospital for the majority of his treatment. My dad fought all he could, but sadly passed away on January 10, 2012.
I remember going through pictures to make a slideshow for my dad’s funeral and being devastated that I didn’t have more current pictures of him and our family. As much as I had a camera with me, I still didn’t have many images of my dad and our family together. Our family had not had professional portraits taken since I was about 9 years old and the only professional image of my dad alone was from my parents wedding day in 1990. This is where my passion for creating professional quality photographs and memories for other people.
I am not a photographer just simply because I enjoy taking pictures; it’s much more than that. I want to ensure that no family has to go through the loss of family member without any current portraits to accurately remember them by. When you lose someone you love, all you have left to cling to are the memories and pictures. I aim to create memories, not just images. When you look at the images that I have created, I want them to ignite emotion and memorialize every season of you and/or your family’s life. We are not guaranteed tomorrow, so why not make the most of the days we are living right now? Take lots of pictures, have professional portraits taken every year; do not be left without images of your loved ones to cling to when all you have left are memories and pictures. You’ll only regret the pictures that you didn’t take.
Creating memories for people is my passion; this is why I am a photographer.
xo Brittany ox