It’s been a hard week, and I’ve had a lot on my mind. There is something I want to share with you through my blog. The devastating news of losing Tom Podivinsky in a skiing accident hit hard last Monday. I have been a part of a community reeling from the news, in shock, and heartbroken for MB and the kids.
I received a phone call a few days ago from a friend. He was requesting that I go through my catalog of photos and search for any photos of our fallen friend. I was overcome with a feeling of desperation, frantically combing through the photos, hoping I would find enough. Each photo I found, I cried, remembering the moment. Something as simple as a snapshot of a few friends, suddenly turned into a priceless treasure. A simple profile picture capturing Tom’s unmistakable smile, becomes the face we look to as we remember him.
It got me thinking about the power of a photograph. How often people duck away from the camera lens. How often people tell me they will book a family photo shoot as soon as they lose 10 lbs, or that they are too self conscious about a receding hair line. How mothers all to often stay behind the lens. The thing is, while you may see your flaws, your loved ones don’t. They love you for who you are. Your family, your children, and your friends want photos of you – because they love you.
This is not a plea to book a photo shoot with me. I’m asking you to think about the importance of photographs, and how they are appreciated by people who love you for generations to come. Make sure you have a photograph with your mom, with your father, with your children, with your friends. Make sure you have a family photograph.
I was fortunate enough to photograph a few events where Tom’s smile was easily captured. May we all live more like Tom – let’s appreciate the outdoors, think with optimism, and live each day as though it may be our last.