It's times like these, where everyone from your local plumber that has been in business for 80 years to your major retail chains are going under, that make you sit and ask the question; "why do I do what I do?" Where does a photographer fit in to the equation when even common necessitates, such as plumbing, are being put on the back burner? Quiet often hiring a photographer ranks up their with a day at the spa or a night at the symphony; luxuries that aren't seen as necessary. Ironically though, at the end of life, its often the photographs and accompanying memories that have the most meaning. I have heard so many times that when your house catches on fire the first thing you go for, besides family and pets, are the family photographs. They are a piece of the family, a moment, a memory. They are a record of where you came from, where you have been and perhaps, where you are going.
A picture is worth a thousand words; and no matter how many times you try to explain the moment it will never have the impact that it does in a single, priceless, photograph. That is why I do what I do.