I saw this video the other day and it affected me so deeply that I feel a strong need to share and spread Sue Bryce’s message to exist in photographs. One day your children and relatives will look back, and what will they have? You are not too fat, too old, too tired, too “my-hair-is-not-done-and-i-don’t-have-lipstick-on” to be in front of the camera. We all owe it to ourselves and the people around us to be in photographs.
“Exist in photographs for your children, yourself, and for the people who love you.”
When is the last time you had your family photos taken? When I went home back to Bulgaria two years ago, I realized that the last family portrait of me, my mom, my dad and my brother was taken twelve years ago. It was at my brother’s high school graduation, when somebody kindly offered to take a photo of all four of us and we posed and smiled in between celebrating with relatives and friends. So, two years ago during my short visit back home, I made sure that we had at least some pictures of all four of us taken.
My job as a photographer is to take portraits that you and your family will cherish for generations to come. You don’t need to look a certain way or be a certain way to have your photograph taken. Whether you use your cell phone, a point and shoot camera, a fancy DSLR or a professional photographer, just make sure you exist in your photos. Not only for the big moments in life and the celebrations, but also in all the in-between daily rituals and routines.
Watch the original Sue Bryce video, which served as an inspiration for this post, and then go and take some photos with you in them!