Before I started appreciating a good quality photography, I never thought of photos as presents. Don’t get me wrong – I always liked photography, it was just the way I was brought up. I had only a point and shoot KODAK Cameo Motor EX film Camera; although it did shoot nice holiday pictures, film and development especially were beyond my mums budget, and I was eight – long before I started getting my first pocket money. The camera itself was fully automated, so I never knew what an aperture was, or shutter speed, and I never knew why I was buying a 200 film (only recently I realised that it was my ISO…). My mother would rather discourage me from taking my photos, keeping remaining shoots (film frames) for special occasions only. Photography was an exclusive expenditure not valued enough by her to give me photo presents. Also, because of her lack of admiration to my passion, I neither did give photo presents to her.
Now I have got a DSLR, and photography became cheaper. After I bought my mum her own digital point and shoot, she started taking photos herself. However even now after I send her a printed photo book with photos from our last year’s trip to Paris, I have a feeling that she would have liked something else much more.
Some of you think differently though, which helped me to believe in emotional value of my work. It started when a friend of mine asked me last November to help her with a present for her fiancé – she wanted to give him a calendar with her portraits. So we shoot studio, location, and boudoir. I treated the project really personally, the more as the couple are my good friends (and I am going to shoot their wedding in June!).
The story helped me to realise that photography is a good way of giving something personal to the loved ones which shows that you have put thought and energy in it. Photos capture memories, and posing to a professional photographer is fun and gives you a nice experience!