When I was 14, I can’t even tell you how many disposable cameras I went through in that one year alone. Photos of school friends, family and whatever the excitement was at 14 years old was captured – and not particularly well haha. I’d go down to my local chemist, develop them, come home and stick them side by side on my bedroom wall without a bit of wallpaper to be seen. I guess the rule of no sellotape on the wall went in one ear and out the other.
I’d scuttle back down to the chemist with my negatives, peering at them into the light. Showing the lovely lady behind the counter which ones I wanted reprinted and how many times.
And repeat and repeat and repeat again.
Almost 14 years later… not much has changed really. The camera has changed, no sellotape on the walls, the method in how we keep our photos as a record has developed and the people in my life still mean the absolute world to me.
According to my Dictionary upon my computer desktop, The definition of ‘Record‘ goes as follows…
1. A thing constituting a piece of evidence about the past, especially an account kept in writing or some other permanent form.
2. The sum of the past achievements or performance of a person, organization, or thing.
3. The best performance or most remarkable event of its kind.
4. A thin plastic disc carrying recorded sound in grooves on each surface, for reproduction by a record player. A piece or collection of music reproduced on a record or on another medium.
So this got me thinking…
Recording life is a passion for us. Life is full of so many beautiful days, awe-inspiring places, remarkable events, and people who truly touch our lives.
With the digital age these days, it’s pretty easy to take a photo and has become a lot harder to ‘record’ the photo. Not everyone gets around to printing photos, making photo books and framing pictures. Photos tend to go onto a hard drive (or Facebook) and that’s where they sit. We are all too guilty of all these things… but as two people who love a photo of any occasion, the fact that we’re printing say 1 photo from that event out of the (you don’t wanna know how many), is an achievement. We’ve made a few photo books and we’re still to tackle our travel photos from the last 5 years (yes, 80,000 plus to scroll through) … but we’re getting there slowly.
Anyway … Coming to my point. Doug is a lover of music. Just a random fact for you, but hey – who isn’t! Comments fly from time to time about how cool it would have been to live in the 60’s or 70’s. And back then, they didn’t have CD’s or iTunes. They had RECORDS.
Records that were jam packed together, standing up right and easy to flick through with your dancing fingers, while deciding what to listen to.
We decided we wanted that for our photos. We’d already started a matted box set… but we weren’t entirely satisfied with just 15 prints sitting in a box. WE. WANT. MORE (and aren’t we in the time of ‘more, more, more’). But we don’t exactly want a butt load of 5×7 boxes sitting around our house. So we’re taking it to the next level. (Much to the cringe or our bank balance and much to the joy of our hearts). This paragraph stops here, because we haven’t got so far as to how we’re going to store these mass amounts of matted prints yet. So moving along…
We love our photo books jam packed with many many many wonderful photos, and we’ll do way more. However we wanted a different approach to achieve a different result as to how we feel about our lives as we look back on our memories. So we’ve taken the step towards selecting ONE photo to evoke a memory. A memory that will lead to a story expressed from the lips. Years down the line, we want to be able to flick through our ‘Record Collection’ and use our memories to recreate those times. The ones we currently have, we love holding in our hands… and our minds flick to all the roads taken, the conversations had and the laughs shared. Because with the crazy amount of photos taken these days, there is a lot to be said for ONE photo that reflects a memory in it’s entirety.
Recording a time in history means a lot to us. And that’s why we’re Wedding photographers. And Maternity photographers, Family photographers, Travel and Editorial photographers. Heck I’ve thrown a birth in there recently too.
Life is where it’s at baby! And fortunately for me, I’m past the disposable camera days. (But I still love a mean Polaroid pic! And Doug is in love with his film cameras). So at least you know when you come to us for whatever kind of photography needs, we are most certainly PASSIONATE.
And we are going to be doing our best to show that throughout our re-brand! …. More on the re-brand soon. :)