disclaimer: if you don't want to read a long story, skip to the last two paragraphs.
hmm. i hesitate to call this a "philosophy" so-to-speak, but i thought this is definitely worth mentioning as you look through my work. i picked up my first "real" camera in 2014 & had my first professional assignment in 2015. now, i have a hard time leaving home without my camera. this is not that big of a deal unless you knew how i was before i found this passion for photography.
during college i had the privilege of visiting europe on two separate occasions. both times i took a disposable camera with me to document the amazing places i would see & both times i failed to take more than eight pictures. pictures were never a huge deal for me & i always told myself, i'm ok with "mental pictures."
after undergrad, i was blessed to study in london while getting my masters. my wife & i lived in the city for almost a year & were afforded some amazing travel destinations - austria, spanish costa blanca, italy, scotland. again, i had no interest in taking pictures of our adventures & this is something i look back on in regret. cue "philosophy"...
my philosophy is that an image is a connection to the past. the image stops time for that split second & brings you back to a memory - it reminds you of the smell in the air, the sights you were experiencing, the emotions you were feeling & the experiences you had surrounding that image. here's a couple quotes that i strongly believe in:
“Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.”
“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
— Aaron Siskind
that is why i believe that high-quality images are worth the investment. i wish i could go back in time & tell younger jared to take as many pictures as he could. i would tell him that older jared is disappointed that he didn't capture more memories from his travels with his future wife & good friends.
if any of this resonated with you, feel free to contact me for your next shoot.