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The Value of Sharing Photographs

16 Aug

A photograph holds so much value; from the memories that it eternalizes, to the bursts of nostalgia that it ignites, a photograph speaks a lot more than just 1000 words.  My passion for photography began at a really early age and I knew that when it came time to get married, pictures would be a big focus of importance in the wedding planning process.

Having recently been married, I can speak to the importance of photography. Weddings involve several different stages and a photograph is the best way to capture a snapshot of each of these milestones that lead up to the main event. Between the engagement photos, wedding ceremony and the wedding reception, there are several memories to be captured.

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Once all of the photos have been taken, what do you do with them? Do they sit on your computer in a folder that gets neglected? Do the pictures stay on a CD or a USB stick that eventually gets lost over time? I am all about printing my photographs and having the memories live on, rather than having the pictures become out of sight and out of mind. One of my favourite ways to keep the memories alive is to create a photo book so that I can enjoy my pictures.

When I was in high school, I went on a trip to Italy and the photographs that I had from that trip were unbelievable. I decided that I needed to do something more than just put the pictures into a photo album. I stumbled across Shutterfly and that changed the way I share my photographs. I put together a beautiful hardcover photo book that I was able to customize and share with my family and friends. Another photo book that I made, also with Shutterfly, was a memory book for my husband on our 1 year dating anniversary back in 2007.

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The beauty of a photo book is that the final product is what you make it to be; you can customize the photo book to be unique to you. I plan on making a photo book for my wedding, the tricky part is deciding which photographs to use! Sharing photographs stirs valuable conversation, evokes memories that are near and dear to my heart, and I am able to relive special moments in my life that I never want to forget.

How do you share your photos?

Merzybean

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My Secret Love Affair with Photography

19 Feb

It exists, seriously!

Looking back, I have always loved photography, from the time that I was a little girl. I can distinctly remember receiving my first disposable camera at age 5 or 6 and running around my house taking (what I considered to be) artistic photographs.  I then received my first film camera, it was a Nikon,  if I’m not mistaken. From there, my love for capturing images on film grew. It was 1996, when I bought a Polaroid camera for myself. It was actually the Spice Girls, Limited Edition, Polaroid, to be specific.

My weapon of choice.

Over the years, my passion and love for photography has grown. My family took at trip to Maui, Hawaii in 2006 and my dad decided to purchase a nice camera for the family. We owned our very own Nikon D80. This was truly an exciting moment for me. The purchase of this Nikon turned out to be what reignited my love for photography. From that point on, I took a keen interest in photography.

While I love to photograph and be behind a camera as a hobby, I have never received any formal training. What I do is self-taught. I photograph for the love of the craft and because I love to see things from a different perspective. I love photography because I like to capture a moment and portray something from an angle that other people might not have thought about. I’d like to think that I take a flattering portrait, capturing the beauty of each individual. I think that taking someone’s photo can be a very personal experience and the last thing I want is for the individual to feel self-conscious.

I was proposed to on Christmas Day (2011), and the most important thing that I will invest my time and money into is the photographer that I choose. I think that having a photographer that I am comfortable with, and who has an artistic vision that I respect and admire, are the most important criteria for me. I have attended several wedding shows in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area and have met and spoken with about a dozen photographers. I respect each individual photographer and can appreciate the amount of work and dedication that is required to pursue photography as a career and to have that passion be evident in his/her work.

Why do I mention this, you ask? For my fiance and I, the photographs are one of the only tangible things that we will be able to have from the wedding, after the fact, and because I have such a passion for photography, this is one area that I do not want to rush my decision on. I will keep you posted on my hunt for the perfect photographer. If you have any tips or suggestions, please leave a comment for me!

Cheers,

Merzybean.