Remembering our Childhood | Photography by Brenda Colwell

This photograph is so important, that it exists in every home, and every life.

 

When I think about my childhood, my most vivid memories are in photographs.  I take a look at an old photograph and all kinds of memories come flooding in.  Little things, like who was at my birthday party, and that my sister gave me her bike, or that time I caught a big fish.   We all think we remember exactly what we looked like, how tall we were and what we loved.  But it is not until we look at our photographs from our past that those memories become clear.  It is kind of like visiting the family home we lived in when we were a child.  I found this great article by Jerry Burger and it struck a chord, a photography chord:   

 

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"42% of adults say they can't remember everything about their childhood.  So, each year millions of American adults visit a childhood home. Few can anticipate the effect it will have on them. Often serving several important psychological needs, these trips are not intended as visits with people from their past. Rather, those returning to their homes have a strong desire to visit the places that comprised the landscape of their childhood. Psychology Professor Jerry Burger found that almost everyone who visits a childhood home goes to the place they lived from the ages of 5 to 12. Burger says people have an emotional attachment to their childhood home because it’s a part of their self-identity, and the self is developed between the ages of 5 and 12.  They want to reconnect with their childhood. People who visit a childhood home say that they couldn’t remember everything from their childhood and that they wanted to return in hopes of jogging their memory and getting back in touch with who they were as a child.  Burger found that in almost all of the cases, people were glad they returned to the home where they grew up"   Jerry's Article 

 

 

 

A photograph from your childhood has the same effect of taking you back, jogging your memory, reminding you of your childhood.   The child in me wants to keep those photos forever so I can go back over and over again.  The parent in me wants to make sure I have remembered to give my son this important part of his history, so he can share it with his children.   Of course, as a photographer, I am always thinking about photography.   

As adults we instinctively value a photograph from any point in our lives, it is proof we existed then and lived a life before today.  A photograph is more than just a photograph, it connects us to our past.  If our house is on fire, we save our photographs first.    When we lose a loved one, we turn to photographs to be with them again.   The photograph is so important, that it exists in every home, and every life, no matter who you are or what you did.  We all want to preserve the positive experiences that comprise the landscape of our childhood, and we continue to have that wish for our own children.  The photograph is so important that we use it again and again to celebrate every moment in our life.  We use it to remind us of all those moments and people from our past.   

So, why don't we make the time to schedule a professional session?  We all agree that it is important to have these beautiful portraits, but we don't Me and GrandmaMe and Grandma do it.  Many of clients are "grown" families who say "The last time I did this, my kids were 2, 4, and 7.  I can't believe it has taken me 23 years to do it again".   I can answer that for you.  It takes works, and it takes time.   And many families have never had the benefit of a full service portrait studio to help plan every detail of your session.

We want to help preserve the memory your family at all ages.  Rely on our skills our personalized service to create an experience that is easy and pleasant. 

Our goal is to remove obstacles so that it is easier for you to invest in your family.  Leave it to us and we will get it done while you make the investment in your children.  

 

 "Celebrate we will, because life is short, but sweet for certain"  - Dave Matthews

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