It has always been a running joke with my family that I am the "paparazzi" of the family. I have always been the one running around taking photos of everyone during holidays and family gatherings. Preserving memories has always been a huge importance to me. But honestly, I never truly realized how important it was until my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away less than a month after her diagnosis. Photos, cards, letters, video and some trinkets she had given me over the years were all I had left.
At that point, my memory preserving became a little "extra". We would set up backdrops at ANY family gathering. Christmas, Halloween, Birthday Parties, Thanksgiving etc. My sister would usually provide the backdrop themed to the event and I would provide the equipment. Everyone would cram into shots and try to make sure we all took the time to take photos with everyone.
My mama passed away in 2016 and that was the year my eyes truly opened to how this life we have is truly a gift and we are never promised tomorrow. Over the years, we became more conscious of taking photos and each year it seems as though someone is missing that was present the year before. Leaving us with memories that may fade over the years but photos to remind us of the "little" things we may have forgotten.
So while yes, I am a "Social Butterfly" by nature ... for me this is more than just a business ... it is an opportunity for YOU to live in the moment while we make it last.