The Importance of a Photograph

Contributed by November Blogger of the Month, Robyn Icks

So far, I’ve guest blogged about the abundance of love in my life and career as a wedding photographer, and the abundance of travel to experience. Today, I’m going to bring it all back to root of what I enjoy most of both of those things – the photograph.

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Can you imagine life without photographs?

From the very first known image captured by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 of the view out his window, to the quick cell phone photo I just captured of my cat Walter chasing his tail – the photograph has become an engrained staple of our lives.

Can you imagine not having that cherished portrait of a family member you’ve lost, that photo of you and your siblings in front of Old Faithful taken on that family vacation to Yellowstone as a kid, or even a single capture of you and the one you love most? Long before camera phones were thought of, or even digital cameras for that matter, photographs have shaped our society and our need to capture what is important to us so we may keep it as a tangible memory.

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Photographs define us.

What do you consciously or even subconsciously look for the second you land on a website or blog? A photograph. Of the author, of the product, of anything at all to give you a visual to consume. And not just any image, you expect a to see a good one. Even while browsing a website that has nothing to do with photography, you still expect to see aesthetically pleasing images. I mean hello, it’s the digital age, and we’re spoiled. Which makes it more important than ever to learn how to snap a good photo when presenting yourself on the internet.

Even if you’re just taking a photograph just for yourself with no intention of it making its way into the world, the subject is always enhanced ten-fold when it’s taken well. It’s worth the time to learn how to use that digital camera and to improve your camera phone skills, as it’s a talent that will keep on giving.

I first realized just how important photography was at the age of 8. Although it had been a part of my life long before that, as my mom was an avid camera wielder. Now fast forward (nearly) 20 years to my hundreds of thousands of images collected in boxes, in albums, on hard-drives, on discs, on my phone, framed on walls. Of the people and cats I love, the places we’ve explored on our many travels, the way time has changed us little by little. I feel like this collection photographs show who I am as a person. And I cherish that.

And as a wedding photographer? It is the biggest reward to give people images to add to their own personal collections to cherish. There’s no other feeling like it to know I gave that to someone. Each year as I improve my photography skills and my eye, the reward gets even more plentiful.

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What is your most cherished photograph you hold dearest? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear about it!

Robyn IcksRobyn was born and raised on the Oklahoma plains. She’s traveled far and wide, but always comes back home to her favorite state. Infatuated with being surrounded by true love, she is lucky enough to photograph weddings by day. By night, she reads, snuggles her five cats, and plans road trips with her hubby. Online you can mainly find her spending too much time oogling images on Instagram, and also on her Facebook and Twitter pages.

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  1. Emma says:

    My favorite photograph is one of my friend Molly & I. It’s slightly blurry and it was taken in a hospital room, but it’s the only one I have with her. She passed away a few years ago and I can’t imagine not having this photo!

    I’ve recently gotten a bit more serious about my scrapbooking and I love all the random bits of my life you can see in all those fun phone photos we take everyday. haha.
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