PHOTOGRAPHS THAT SPARK JOY

Welcome to ABL Photography blog! Hope you’ll find some interesting information and advise here; and of course learn a bit more about me.

I thought it would be logical to start my blog by sharing my reasons “why” I do what I do, and what it means to me.

I recently saw this quote:  “at the end of your life it won’t matter how many cars you’ve had in your garage and how many night clubs you’ve been to. What will be important is how many lives you’ve touched, how many people you’ve influenced and how many people you have helped. Do kind things! It feels good.”

It really resonated with me…I am extremely fortunate to be able to do what I love with all my heart, and even more than that – to know that what I do actually can have a significant impact on people’s lives. If my life is to end tomorrow, I would be in peace because I know I have left something behind, something that will make people happy for many years, and maybe even generations – sincere portraits capturing the beauty that I see in all the people that happened to be in front of my camera.

Couple of weeks ago I got an e-mail from a friend, who’s wedding I photographed a few years ago. It said:

“PS: a small anecdote which I would like to mention – as a reminder of how your work as a photographer can truly touch people’s lives (but you probably already know that :-)).  Well, my aunt passed away from pancreatic cancer in Aug 2013.  In Dec, I got a message from my cousin, her daughter, asking about one of the pictures you took of my aunt, my uncle and their two daughters during the cocktail party (I had put this on my Facebook account when I learnt she had been diagnosed with cancer in Jan 2013).  She wanted a copy of the picture to frame it and gift it to her father (my uncle) for Xmas… which she did.   Thank you so much for this wonderful gift which I could give to my family!”

It brought tears to my eyes, wonderful feeling of knowing that I have touched someone’s life.

If you can spare 16 minutes of your time, I would highly recommend to watch this video – it’s my favorite film about photography, I have watched it hundreds of times and I still laugh and cry just as much each time I see it. And it pretty much says it all.