Why I Shoot
Throughout my childhood, the camera was a family member. My father was a photographer and worked at Kodak with the rest of town. Whereas photography was a novelty for most, it was a pastime for us. The picture perfect moments were so frequent, that my dad is forever known for his three famous words: Just one more. Just one more shot, one more moment, one more smile.
Being photographed not only made me feel important, it made me feel as if time slowed, as if that moment was somehow pivotal. No matter how ordinary, those moments that were photographed now stand out as markers in my life.
In my family we never uttered, “do that again for the camera”. Moments were just captured as they happened, in real time. These snapshots, glimpses of how life was then, are now family heirlooms, treasures, centerpieces, and masterworks, hanging in each of our homes, now spread so far apart.
These days, this is the art that I am so blessed to create for others.
Each person I photograph I let into my heart through my eyes. With each shot, together we capture what may feel like an every day moment. But the image of that moment, hung on the wall over the years, can speak volumes and change meaning each day. If successful, it can exude the complexity of a lifetime, the profoundness of a rite of passage, and the meaning of a family through an expression of love, peace, growth and comfort.
The deck of card-sized camera of today has transitioned photography from a novelty to an ever-present activity. As a result, professional photography and the physical photographs that result are even more special. Images that tell a story, are classically framed and passed through generations create permanency in this fast paced and impatient world. And as that world is continuously moving and changing, I am continuously shooting. Thanks for reading; I hope to meet you soon.
Photos by: John Vaeth