"Passion" - A seven letter word, which is so easily thrown around by photographers. Most photographer’s bios will tell you their ultimate passion is photography. They eat, sleep, and breathe photography. I’m just as guilty of it too, five years ago I’m fairly certain that my passion was photography as well.
But today, I’m here to tell you that photography is not my passion.
I know what you’re thinking “Whoa, back the train up… Erin, did you just say that? How is that possible, I mean, don’t you tell us all the time how much you love what you do?”
Yes, I do. I truly love what I do. But let’s make one thing clear - what I do, is not just photography. So if you're looking for someone to just "take some pictures," please read no further, because I'm not for you.
Don’t get me wrong, I love photography, and I love learning and growing as a creative individual. I love the feel of a new camera body or lens in my hands as much as the next photographer, but what I actually do goes way beyond just pushing the shutter button.
Instead, it’s getting up every day, knowing that the people I photograph truly cherish each other. It's investing our time and energy in your lives, your relationships, and your story. When it comes down to it, my passion is you.
It’s laughing and crying with you on your wedding day. It’s being awestruck by the smallness of your newborn baby together. It’s capturing your children playing with their grandmother.
Why? Because that wedding day will inevitably go too fast, and because that newborn will grow up before you can blink an eye. And if I'm being flat out honest, it's because none of us are guaranteed to be here forever.
But maybe, just maybe, my photographs will. Fifty years from now, your grandchildren won’t know who took that image, but they’ll be so thankful that someone did.
I can’t think of a greater legacy that I can leave behind than that.