Memories are an important part of my life - old letters, photographs, diaries, or newspaper clippings of important family events, such as the announcements of births, marriages, and many other things help me to recall my past and the history of my family. Do you see that little chubby baby on the pictures? This is me with my mom and dad and I am grateful to them for having these memories of me as a child, because I want to remember those moments with them and I want to tell my stories from my childhood that can be handed down to my own children and their children's children.
Memory is complicated, delicate, and for many parents, it fades way too fast the older we get. A single image can tell an entire story and bring me right back to that moment in time and remember what I felt and experienced.
When they placed my sweet little girl in my arms for the first time, she was calm and curious, indeed she was turning her head in the direction of my voice kind of trying to wrap her mind about what was happening and what was it all about, and I said to her "Hey, sweetie, this is me, your mommy!". That moment, I felt like everything flew into perspective.
Two years later I "retired" from the corporate world, because my family, the 3 of us, then the 4 of us, were the most important thing in my life. This is when my photography journey started. I invested in my first DSLR camera and I was really in urge to create beautiful pictures that would speak for themselves. I knew I should be taking photos daily to make myself a better photographer. I’ve connected with other photographers so we could support, encourage and inspire each other to make daily shooting possible. I got involved in several personal and group projects. Some projects have challenged me to find new and interesting ways to create images.
Over time and thousands of photos of my children, I was able to understand that I am drawn to low light and fine art child portraiture. I found that I am inspired by childhood memories and their stories. I started seeing beauty in my every day by observing my children and staying connected with them.
The truth is when I am in the moment I tell to myself that I am not going to forget something special as that, or as funny as what my children do or say, but the reality is I almost always forget within some time. Relying on my memory alone simply would not be enough for me. My children do so much, create so much and grow so much in one day, that I believe by documenting their lives I get to preserve our memories.
Sometimes I feel like the entire lifetime is lived in the span of a second. Photography enables me to slow down, notice the beauty around me and truly live in the present enjoying my time with children capturing those moments I don't want to forget and creating something solid for my children to look back on when they are older and wanting to recollect memories from their childhood.
And let’s be honest, there is something nostalgic being able to curl up on a couch with children and look back at a photo album and retell the stories of their firsts and lasts and everything in between.
Photography does really matter to me.
How do you preserve your memories? Do you love to document your family's life and create portraits that can be handed down to your next generation to tell a story of your family?