“Photographers use their cameras as tools of exploration, passports to inner
sanctums, instruments for change. Their images are proof that photography matters—now more than ever.”
Quote from October 2013National Geographic Issue – 125th Anniversary – The Photography Issue: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/10/power-of-photography/draper-text
Building your Portrait History through Photography
This blog is about the ultimate power I feel photography provides for all of us.
Whether you are a history buff, nature lover, the family recorder of events, or just in love with your children’s images; you know how powerful images are and what lasting impressions they create for you.
Working as a National Geographic photographer was always my dream. Maybe a dream among many others and one I will never achieve, but somehow it still ranks up there with great esteem. While I will never work for them, my niece does. I remind her every time we see each other how fortunate she is to be working there. But she has earned her place and serves her employment well.
My initiation to the world of photography as a photojournalist for Rodale Publishing in the late 1970’s, was life changing for me. Reflecting on that time in my life, I now consider that the start of my professional photography career and that experience nearly unbeatable. I did not know it then, but I certainly know it now. It was exciting, adventurous, and even dangerous at times, but all in all …just incredible!
During this period I traveled, was given a lot of responsibility, and ultimately learned to shoot almost any subject in any situation, yielding me an incredible portfolio to show for it. If you never knew or are interested in learning more about my background, please feel free to visit my website and click on the “About us” section. Feel free to explore my commercial galleries as by clicking here.
I have a deep respect for photography and worked through a time of great change in its history – the transformation from film and large format cameras to the digital age. My studio and business transformed along the way as well, although I resisted putting the film away till the very end. Now, I find myself wanting to return to film or at least using it in the fine art side of my business. (I will continue to keep you posted on my return of film as it evolves.)
Many of you I have known for over 30 years, some 10 years, and others we’ve recently just met. Whatever the time period is though, we share a memory in the making. You all create your own images from time to time and share them at family events, weddings, and funerals alike.
Take time to appreciate the beauty that surrounds you and capture a small part of it with photography.
Your portrait history plays an important role in building your family’s memories!
Click through to National Geographic’s – Year of Photography, and then page through your family albums or reflect on photos that hang in your home and know you too have made history!
Continue to check back to read my upcoming blogs on the topics:
“Gifts from photography “
“Changes made by “tweaking” your photos”, and “Hire a professional – your camera is good, but my eye has been working for you all along!”
Thanks for reading – feel free to share with a friend!