“It was then I realized that one of the most important things we can leave behind are photographs. This is what preserves our stories for generations to come.”
While rummaging through an estate sale a few years ago, I came across a box that had a bunch of old photographs in it. The man who had recently died was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He served in the military around the time of World War II, and everywhere he went, he brought his Kodak film camera along, capturing the world around him.
He visited many different places while serving, including Hawaii and Japan, and photographed what life was like during this time period.
As I began to look through the box, I stumbled upon a historical gold mine with photographs of old United States airplanes, hula girls dancing during a luau, Japanese children playing, different architecture from around the world and more.
It was a piece of history, and it was a part of this man’s story.
I was so intrigued by his photos that I wanted to know more about him. I yearned to hear his story. Although I did not know him personally, having his photos felt like I was preserving a part of his story and our country’s history. In a way, I felt it was my duty to protect these photos forever.
It was then I realized that one of the most important things we can leave behind are photographs. This is what preserves our stories for generations to come.
This realization is my driving force in photography today – telling your story in a way that is unique to you, your love, and those who surround you with timeless imagery you will cherish for many years to come.
We can tell stories through different formats, but my favorite is with a camera in hand.
My mission is to create images that capture the authentic moments, the in-betweens, and the genuine love you share with your significant other.
There is no other love story like your own and it’s just the beginning. What story will you leave behind for others to read?