Before I married I had this hang-up over a word I often heard to describe photographs and children, “Oh, isn’t she precious!” Like fingernails on a chalkboard, it made me cringe. I didn’t get it. It always sounded so saccharin superficial.
But then my first daughter was born. I fell so deeply in love with her – and with the sister and brother who followed – that I was soon shocked to hear myself thinking and whispering that once-loathed word as I looked into her eyes: Precious!
Before she could even speak, I began what became a nightly bed-time tradition: I would tell her,
“You are precious. That means special, loved, and worth more than anything in the world!”
When she and her siblings were old enough to speak, I would tuck them in at night and say, “You are precious! What does that mean?” and they would reply, “I am special, loved, and worth more than anything in the world!” That tradition soon crafted a wooden plaque above their doors that read, “Jocie is Precious!” “Scott is Precious!” and “Erin is Precious!”
Today I am a grandfather of 10, and their parents proudly carry on the tradition. When the first one was born, I bought my first digital camera and started taking pictures.
Now, I want to ask you about your family and your children and grand children. I bet that you cherish them as much as I do mine, right?! Do you realize how quickly these days and priceless moments will pass? You probably own a camera and take lots of pictures to document their days. I do the same. We are all driven by the impulse to preserve what will pass and be gone forever! I’m so glad that modern technology grants me the ease to do it!
Several weeks ago, however, I experienced the inevitable: My hard drive crashed, and I lost thousands of images! (I know: A pro photographer should know better!) Has this happened to you? Do you go weeks or months without even offloading the images from your camera or cell phone?
If you are trusting computers, tablets, hard drives, or even CDs to preserve your memories, you will lose them.
Our frenzied, digital society has lost the sense of permanence that paintings and photography once provided! We settle for images that are thinner than vapor. Even the photos we have printed are often tucked away on a bookshelf where we seldom pull them out.
I am convinced that we all need physical prints -- and not just the 5x7s tucked in a box or even the 8x10 on our dresser, but beautifully crafted, artistic portraits of those who are precious to us --where we will see them every day, displayed on a wall as our most valuable “possessions.” What if one of your family members were suddenly taken from you? Wouldn’t that gorgeous image that decorates your warmest room become even more priceless?
One of the things I do is donate keepsake fine-art photography to parents whose newborn children will never leave the hospital. Believe me, they realize the value of the portraits they will receive. They will never see their child again, and that child is precious!
Displayed masterful photography preserves that which is precious and will surely pass!
Why not preserve, display, and delight in those aging parents, children, grand children, spouse, or even siblings NOW while you have them? Capture and display the rich history that their milestone moments represent!
Now you know why I don't like to call myself just a photographer. I'm a legacy photographer, a heritage photographer and a photographic artist. I render visual stories with light to lend a little permanence to a world that desperately needs it! As a skilled, certified photographer who is also an artist, I fashion decorative wall furnishings.
What do your possessions say about what is most precious to you? What do your walls say?
If you select me as your legacy photographic artist, I will bring that father's and grandfather's heart to making artistic portraits that delight you every day. I will long to hear your story so that I design and shape a portrait to tell what is precious about what is most priceless in your life! I look forward to meeting you!
Chris Paulis Photography
Chris Paulis, Certified Professional Photographer
Imaging Precious People and Magical Moments