YOU NEVER UNDERSTAND THE VALUE OF A PHOTOGRAPH UNTIL IT’S ALL YOU HAVE LEFT.
This is a quote that stuck with me after I attended a photography workshop a few years back and it changed the way I view what I do and the people around me forever. Up until March, I’d been blessed with not having experienced much loss, but, when my grandpa passed away, I was able to more clearly see how much a simple picture can help one grieve and feel at peace.
If you’ve asked me what I do or have inquired about wedding photography, you’ve heard the above quote once or twice (okay… maybe FIVE TIMES), and it is absolutely true. When my grandpa, Roger Behr, passed away after living an incredible, blessed 84 years of life, I was able to understand 100% how valuable a photograph truly is and to practice it with a bigger driving force then ever before.
When it comes to weddings, people forget or don’t realize that this type of celebration, big or small, is a rare moment where all your friends and family will be together in one place. This is one of many reasons why you should take advantage of this opportunity and invest in a photographer who knows YOU, your values, and, importantly, what they’re doing. The week before Grandpa passed away, my cousin, Tara, got married and hired and incredible wedding photographer who allowed all of us one last, high quality, gorgeous photo of a man we dearly miss. Imagine if she hired someone inexperienced or who was all about themselves, how much more sad we’d have been at the missed opportunity.
I understand the stresses of planning a wedding. There are areas where costs need to be cut and it’s unavoidable. However, think about what you value at the end of the day and how that fits in with the people you choose to hire for your wedding day celebration. If family, support, or friendship is of any importance to you, DO NOT skimp on your wedding photographer. Find someone who asks you who and what is important to you, what your values are, and actively searches for ways to genuinely serve you.
We who value those things in the wedding industry are not JUST wedding photographers.
We’re photographers who capture grandma’s reaction to you walking down the aisle.
We’re the photographers who stay an extra fifteen minutes at the end of the night to capture you dancing with your 90 year old grandpa, because we know what he means to you.
We’re the people who see the value in what we do, but don’t use it to carry out our agenda.
We’re here for YOU.
If you’re interested in learning more about the value of photography or want to have someone like that for your wedding day, you can get in touch with me here. Otherwise, enjoy some of my favorite moments of my grandpa below. <3
I remember thinking it was a little random of me to ask for a photo with my grandparents at Christmas, but I’m so glad I swallowed my pride and have this photo for the years to come.