It’s the phone call I always hate to receive. The person on the other side of the line, voice cracking, tells me the news of their loved one passing. I’m then asked if I still have the pictures that I had taken of that beautiful smile that will be missed so much. It’s a bittersweet feeling. My heart is completely breaking, however I’m so, so happy I was able to capture that person’s personality.
I’ve received this phone call more times than I’d like to remember over the past year. And each time I’m asked for a copy of a print, it makes me think a bit.
As a photographer, I’m always behind the camera. I do just about anything I can to avoid being in pictures, despite my encouraging others to always jump in a shot (go figure). I’ve been flipping through photo albums a lot lately, both at home and on others’ Facebook pages and have been noticing how far and few between pictures of me are.
I take pictures of my family and friends because they mean the world to me and I want to always have those memories to look back on. If something were to happen to me, those same people wouldn’t have photos of me to remember our time together.
The thing about life is, we never know when our time will run out. We have to make the most of it and leave a trail of memories every step of the way. I’m going to do my best to be in more family pictures, but you have to as well. It’s going to be the most valuable possession your loved ones will ever have.
Are you guilty of always avoiding being in photographs?