The best part of being a photographer
You know what? Being a photographer is so rewarding in so many ways, and the more you do it, the more the rewards flood in.
Of course, when you get it right it can make you a good living at it, although it seems as though there are only a few of us full timers left after the Covid thing mind.
Then there's the actual image creation, building a photo from what you have in your mind, making it something tangible. Putting your thoughts into stamping a memory down on celluloid, well silicon now, but you get the idea. Making that iconic image for the client is (almost) the best feeling ever.
But for me, the very best part is seeing families grow. Yes, sure, you feel very old as you do it, but it is the best, just the best.
We work with a number of communities, and the families within them, and each year, every year we go back and photograph the family. Watching the family bond, watching the children grow.
New arrivals, christenings, first and second birthday's, engagements and weddings. There have been, over our 42 year history, the chance to photography a few funerals too, yup, I know right.
But think about it, death is part of life and to see how these very different communities deal with each stage of life is a pleasure to be involved in. It makes us understand more I guess, appreciate more and respect more the people we meet.
Of course, the other thing about being a photographer is that you see the world in close up. Through the lens you are focussed on what is going on, there is no peripheral vision, no distractions, and when you are that focussed, it allows you the capture those little fleeting moments, that wink, that smile, that squeeze of a hand at the alter.
On one occasion, the fourth and last wedding in the same week and, a little shellshocked, I turn up to the hotel in Luton.
I'm sure I heard a call, 'Hi Jon'.
Did I dream it?
Then another, a female voice this time. I locate the person and my spirits elevate, my favourite family ever (including my own), the Fosters/Chambers. Wow, what a wedding, what a buzz and what a good time I had chatting with the family again. During the two hour drive home I had something positive running through me, more than a buzz, a zest for life.
Did we actually discuss at the bar, doing another family event, just so as they could get Jon to photograph it. We surely did.
That's what this photography thing does for you, it plants you well and truly into other peoples lives. And if we can ALL enhance each others lives, how richer a life would we all live.
I once received an hand written note from a bride (we tend to get great feedback after every wedding), but this one was very special. it said '...you enhanced our big day to such a degree...we are so sad that we will never see you again.' Well, there's still time...
Of course, there was one wedding, the number one fun wedding, the only fancy dress wedding I have ever photographed, Victoria and Geoff. So how delighted was I when, three years later, to receive a call from them to discuss a family portrait. 2 becomes 4.
Ah perfect. The perfect family unit.
So to you guys, The Webbs, The Luceys, the Morgans, The Nunns, The Venthams, The Lees, The Freuds, The Collins's, The Sobels, The Kahans, The Symes, The Baileys, The Fosters, The Chambers and all of you...
...thank you, thank you, thank you, not only do you keep me fed, watered and warm, you stimulate and enhance me and, you make me what I am...VERY HAPPY.
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