The Value of a Photograph
How much should a photo cost? How much is it worth to hire a photographer? The real question should be, "How much is it worth, to you, to get a beautiful picture of a person, an event, the family, or a special occasion?"
From a photographers standpoint, let's skip the whole discussion about how much good equipment. software and training costs. That is a discussion in itself! Let's just stick with the final product--an image. Hopefully printed on archival paper so it will stand the test of time. Just a simple picture, maybe an 8 x 10 or maybe a 4 x 6. Something you can see and touch. Maybe to frame and enjoy.
I think there is no true measurable value for a great photograph. I say that because, I have personally experienced the priceless value of a great picture. I have seen how much a photo can become a cherished possession.
Nothing in life stays the same. Children grow. Loved ones pass on. People move away. I have seen the frantic scrambling of families searching for decent photographs for a momentous life event. It may be for a happy occasion, or maybe a sad goodbye. I have seen how emotional the viewing of photographs can be - tears of joy or tears of sadness.
For me personally, I have images of loved ones, that I treasure above anything. My children when they were little. My parents. My grandparents. My sister who passed away. I have always said, if my house caught on fire, I would save my pictures above all else. And I totally mean that! Nothing else is as irreplaceable as a lost photograph.
So what do you want to remember? What will be important to you, or your family, 20 years from now? 50 years from now? Where are those special memories stored now? On your phone? Have you taken the time, and spent a few dollars, to capture some timeless photographs? Have you had anything printed lately so you don't lose irreplaceable images in an inevitable computer crash?
The back of my business card reads, "As we look back on our lives, we have our precious memories, and the photographs that go with them." That is the foundation for my love of photography!
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