Smile for the camera

Published 7:00 am Thursday, November 5, 2015

Life is made up of fleeting moments. The only way to make sure our precious memories last forever is by taking photos. Without photographs, we may forget how happy we were on our wedding day or how our favorite relative used to smile before they went to heaven. While we always have our memories, photos provide a tangible depiction of our lives, something memories can’t always compete with.
Nowadays, documenting our lives through photography has never been easier. There are so many platforms we can use to capture a moment forever via our smart phones, tablets, computers or professional cameras.
I’m constantly documenting the important moments of my life through my camera’s phone as well as my work camera. On a daily basis, I set out with a camera in tow to document the lives of those people living in Pearl River County for the paper. Nothing makes me happier than creating long-lasting memories for the city via photography.
While I’m not fond of posing for pictures, as I’m sure many people aren’t, it’s important to participate in family pictures and document a moment in time when love and family are all that matter.
Dozens of photo albums are stored inside my family home. Whenever I become nostalgic, I flip through the pages and relieve those moments in time that seemed like yesterday.
Photos are truly special in that way.
There’s always one picture in particular that catches my eye. It is of me, 5-years-old, posing with my grandfather in the backyard of his home in Miami. He passed away when I was little so photos are the only memories I have of him. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to see for myself how much my grandfather loved me and how great of a person he was. He would just be a ghost to me, a memory I was too young to hold on to.
When you get the chance, grab your phone, tablet or camera and capture a memory of your loved ones. You’ll be glad you did.

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