The other night I had a dream where I was attending a social gathering with a friend at a wealthy woman’s home whom I had never met. After the proper introductions, this wealthy woman, whom I’ll call Elizabeth, asked the standard, what seems to be the obligatory question when meeting someone for the first time, of, “so, what do you do?” This is how the conversation unfolded:
Me: I’m a portrait artist creating beautiful, lifelong visual histories for families.
Elizabeth: Oh, so you are a painter?
Me: No, I’m a photographer. I create art by taking images and have them printed as beautiful pieces of artwork for my clients’ walls or tables. Just like your beautiful painting of a landscape hanging over your mantel.
Elizabeth: So, do you take pictures just as a hobby, then? What's your real job?
Me: Actually, it is my real job. I own my own photography business. I create original pieces of art that will be passed down from generation to generation. Now, take your painting there above the mantel. Does that happen to be an original?
Elizabeth: No, it's not.
Me: Well, you see, it is just a copy from an artist that painted a scene of a place you probably don’t even know or have ever visited. It really carries no memories for you other than you liked the painting, so you bought it. That painting most likely will not be passed down to your children, grandchildren or even great-grandchildren. They may not even like it because it’s not their taste or style of painting. However, if you have an original piece of artwork that showcases your family frozen in a moment of time, don’t you think those pieces of photography artwork most likely would be passed down to your children and future generations as they are family? They would want to keep it to show their children and grandchildren one day that would give a visual history of your family and tell a story through all the years to come, long after you are gone. Don’t you just love it when you look at old photographs of your family? What if you didn’t have any visual history of the past? That would be so sad. So, I am rich. I am rich in knowing I have created professional, gorgeous artwork of lifelong visual histories for families to display and know they will be carried on to future generations. I don't think your painting here would carry on those same memories. What story does it tell? It told a story to the artist, but most likely not you.
Elizabeth: Oh, I see. Well, when you put it that way, I guess being a portrait artist is a real job and something to be very proud of.
Me. Most definitely!
End of dream sequence. :-)
This picture shown here is of my grandfather; my mother’s father, taken in 1941. I value and cherish this photo. He died when I was just one year’s old so I never got to know him. If I didn’t have this picture, I would never have known what he looked like. However, through this photograph, I was able to, at least, make some connection with him. Isn’t that what family is all about – making connections?
Therefore, I am running a limited edition session to make it easy and convenient for you to get those family photos, whether it is maternity, newborn or your family as they are now. Let's do this!
Are you ready to create your family connection with an original piece of artwork that will spark memories of frozen moments in time of your family and for your family?