March 4, 2014

Making Heirlooms | Documenting Unforgettable Memories

I thought about writing this post for quite some time now. It crossed my mind many times and then I dreamt about it last night, and so I decided that it was being put on my heart to take the time to write it, so, here goes!

Above: Genesa and her sweet sweet Dad!

As wedding photographers, portrait photographers, heck, anyone taking a photo, but especially as professionals we know that every time we take a photo it’s important. It’s significant. It MEANS something. Every time I get ready for a wedding, I want to KNOW about the couple, about their family, about what’s important to them. Photographing Genesa’s wedding was very special to me. For one, she’s a wedding photographer, two, she’s one of my very best friends, and three, her family was traveling all the way to Cabo to be there to take part is such a special time in her and Brian’s lives.

What I didn’t realize, is that I would be photographing some of the most special moments between Genesa and her Dad, and Genesa and her family that would mean so so much more then the celebration of their wedding. You see, shortly after their wedding, Genesa’s dad was diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer, that took his life just six months after the wedding.

I write this post because I want to express the importance of photographs. Not just as a documentation of life, special events, times in our lives, but because these photographs, these precious moments captured, are our heirlooms. They’re what  we look back on to remember such a special time. They remind us of how we felt, what we we’re doing, how full of love and emotion the experience was, and those photographs, those memories, can never be taken from us.

I’ve learned something so significant through such a difficult time for Genesa and her family. It made me realize that every time I step foot into a wedding, every time I pick up my camera to take photos at a family gathering or a beach day with my husband and son, every time I push that shutter, I’m creating a memory, an heirloom that stands the test of time. As photographers we get busy and we shoot thousands of images, but this is something we ALWAYS need to remember. Every image we take means far more then we’ll ever realize. Never let life pass you by. Get in front of the camera. Don’t be afraid to document your life with photographs. They are your heirlooms.

Friends, I challenge you to PRINT your images! Display them in your home. Put them on your fridge. Order beautiful albums, print them BIG. Don’t leave your heirlooms on discs. When you walk down the hall when you wake up in the morning and see those images, you’ll be reminded everyday of what you were FEELING. They are your heirlooms.



  1. alisha liker

    March 5th, 2014 at 1:08 am

    very very beautiful with such a big value now

  2. Amanda Berube

    March 5th, 2014 at 1:40 am

    This is beautiful!

  3. Lauren Nygard

    March 5th, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Your images are gorgeous and I love the meaning behind this post! I’m sure Genesa and her family will cherish these images forever–not only because they mark such an important day in her life but also because they capture her father in such a beautiful way! xoxo

  4. Suzanne Garland

    March 5th, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Captured so beautifully! LOVE those socks:)

  5. Arica

    March 5th, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Oh my goodness, I want to go to this wedding! These people look so fun.

  6. Jannicka

    March 5th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Love this! Love the happiness and all the details 🙂

  7. Shannon

    March 5th, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Beautiful!! Destination weddings are always so much fun, and it looks like you had plenty of that.

  8. Tosha

    March 5th, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Gorgeous wedding!!! Such a pretty area and beautiful bride!!

  9. Ashley Durance

    March 5th, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    so beautifully captured! and yes, SUCH an important message! thank you for sharing.

  10. Libby

    March 5th, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    So beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time.

  11. Angela Powell Woulfe

    March 6th, 2014 at 12:01 am

    So beautiful, and I know Genesa’s family will forever be grateful for these images!

  12. Anna Gordon

    March 6th, 2014 at 12:14 am

    What a beautiful story and true testament to the value of photography!

  13. Amanda

    March 6th, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Absolutely stunning! Such an amazing location.

  14. Candy Acosta

    March 6th, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Lovely photos.

  15. Jessica

    March 6th, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    These are beautiful and your rings shots are so creative! Love them all!

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