How did 2020 change you?

  • 7 January 2021
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2020 broke my heart and reset my “why.”

Photos matter more than ever before. I’ve always known this, but it hit home with extra oomph when I found myself sorting through wedding photos for a picture to print for my father-in-law’s funeral.

Thank goodness for my wedding photographer, Barbara O. Thank goodness for easy downloading. Thank goodness for high-res files and drop-ship printing.

It seems trite until you’re doing it. 

So I’m honing in on what matters most. Where can my photos make a difference? How can my creativity make this world a more beautiful place? 

I promise: I’m not being morbid when I say that I want my photos to be worthy of a funeral. I want people to look at my work and see their loved ones, see their stories, relive those memories.

So. How did 2020 change me? “Change” doesn’t seem like a strong enough word. I’ve been rebuilt. Renewed.

Reimagined into someone who is more okay with quiet. More content with stillness. More open to tough conversations and atypical solutions. I’m hungrier than ever for real stories, true connection, and lasting memories.

How did 2020 change YOU?

And how can we keep the change going, year after year? I’m ready for it.

(P.S. If you haven’t watched this video yet, get some tissues.)


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A few years ago when I went back home, I decided to buy and bring a wireless remote so I could capture photos together with my sweet grandmother at her nursing home. 

My camera, and that little Amazon Prime remote,  led to a conversation about life and death, and most importantly, love. She knew why I was taking those photos. She knew my heart would need them one day. 

...And now, those 11 grainy photos remind me daily of what’s important, especially now.

Connection.

Pee in your pants laughter.

Compassion.

Empathy.

And love.

The things that matter most.

So did 2020 suck? Royally. But, it was unequivocally worth the ride.

 


 

 

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2020 was definitely challenging to say the least. We were forced to adapt to change very fast. Fortunately we were able to stay “above water” and keep the business going. We had the privilege in meeting so many new families and returning ones. Our sessions and the way we do business have more meaning now then ever before. Thank you ShootProof for being there and providing us the tools to make a better experience for our customers. 

 

Denniss Famiy 2020 Galveston, TX 

 

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