Just recently I had the honour of photographing the lovely Najia. Najia is one of those people I see around town, casually bump into at events and say hi, but I’d never had the opportunity to have a proper conversation with. Her personality came through every conversation we had together on the morning of the shoot, during the shoot and after. This bright, bubbly smiling woman who had never been professionally photographed before – I had the honour of photographing her.
“It’s not often you get a chance to take time out and make yourself feel special! A day spent with Made Up by Ivy and Eclectic Photography was such a wonderful experience. They were such fun on location and made it so easy to be myself in front of the camera. They made me feel like royalty!” – Najia.
During the last three sessions I discovered that each woman had never been professionally photographed before – it surprised me. I always had the assumption that women, men and families still go out and get family and portrait photographs taken around important events or special times during their lives – but it doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.
We’re in a digital world and we are the most photographed generation – everyone has access to a camera whether that be professionally or otherwise. Our memories exist on computers and digital devices and those photos often never resurface, get accidentally deleted or even worst, lost.
Enter the #existinprint movement that’s happening at the moment within the photography world. ‘Exist in print’ is basically as the title states – ‘exist’ in printed form. Print your photos. Make albums. Take photographs during important milestones in your life and print them. Or better yet, have photos taken of you for no reason other than to celebrate who you are as a person. When your children grow, when you are 70, 80, 90 or even 100 – how will you be remembered and how will you remember your life?