Take a Picture

November 3, 2011 at 7:41 am | Posted in Life and Living | 1 Comment
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It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words; that a photo captures a moment in time.  I for one can testify that photos often jog my memory of past events, little details that may have otherwise been forgotten.

In middle school and in high school, I was never caught without a camera.  Those were the days of disposable film and I was snapping photos of everything and everyone.  I had the sense early on that these are people who were impacting my life, and at some point I wouldn’t be seeing them every day.  College was more of the same, though I believe the technology was more sophisticated.  The moments and memories I caught on film are always fun to revisit with an old friend or even in self reflection as I sort through tough situations.  These photos have created a trail of emotion, the highs and the lows, the friends and lovers come and gone, the lessons learned.

Today, I find myself rarely using my camera.  Most photos I take are on my phone, which has added a whole new level to this form of recording history — instant reporting.  When a manhole exploded outside my building after the Times Square bomb scare, I had my camera ready.  When there was a protest in midtown, I was ready.  Whenever I see something crazy like a deer running down a major road, I can capture that moment so I won’t forget it.

So as I plan for the big day, great photography is something I will not compromise.  With that said, I don’t believe that going with the most expensive photographer means you are getting the best.  In my line of work, I work with several photographers. It is true that the really cheap ones don’t turn in the best work, but the good ones are actually pretty reasonable.

One of my regular photographers made a recommendation to me, and this week, I met with this new photographer.  I’ve looked at his work and pricing and am hoping this will be a good match.  I told him all about our plans, the size of the wedding, our style and the vibe we are going for. So the only questions is can this guy capture the moments I want to remember? It’s likely he will catch that and more.   I’m going to have to trust my gut on this one.  Either way, I will have plenty of pictures to remember this day, and add them to the library with the rest of life’s captured memories.

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  1. I agree. I never use a photo camera anymore. Since I got the iphone going out with friends and to events have been a lot better recording those moments due to the fact that the iphone camera is just as good as my digital photo camera I have at home.

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