Why do we do this?
The last portrait ever taken of my mother is bad. It’s worse than bad, it’s horrible. The lighting and exposure are correct, but it’s just not her. It doesn’t capture her smile and it certainly doesn’t embody her spirit. When I look at this photograph, it’s not my parents looking back at me, but a very uncomfortable couple clearly wishing the awkward experience was over.
The portrait was taken by someone more concerned with rushing through their appointments than with capturing the emotion and personality of my parents or the spirit of their relationship. How was this photographer to know that this would be the last portrait ever taken of my mother? I’m sure that thought never entered his mind. But this was her last portrait, never the less. And it does not hang in my home because of it.
The importance of capturing meaningful family portraits came full circle for us recently with a former client.
Theirs was one of the first portraits we shot at Lovebound and included a large, extended family of 23(!!). It was a sweltering May evening and because of the heat we worked quickly to make it as comfortable as possible for our clients. Their son, the one who arranged for this large family gathering, urged everyone to hang in there for the sake of their elderly parents. You see, this portrait was to be a special anniversary gift to his mom and dad from their offspring.
Timing was everything, as it turned out. That close-knit family’s matriarch died a few months ago, and her son shared with us the fact that their group portrait hung within sight of his mother during her final days. He thanked us again for creating that portrait, saying that the family was so glad they had it taken when they did, and that his mother had been thrilled with this beautiful photograph of her entire family together.
Life happens, and it happens quickly. Often we are left with little more than simple snapshots to remember the moments we share with those we love. Sometimes, sadly, we don’t even have many of those. That’s why our mission at Lovebound Studio is “Capturing the moments that create a lifetime.” We consider it a privilege to help families preserve these memories, because each moment spent with loved ones is a rare and precious gift.
That’s why we do this.
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