A tradition is a belief or behavior passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance with origins in the past.
What do this mean to you? Do you partake in tradition?
I think that all of us at some time or another practice tradition. It’s important to us. We partake in holidays, weddings, and personal traditions. We visit family every year as a “family tradition.” We celebrate Christmas as a tradition and make New Year’s resolutions as a tradition. However, I usually break mine by day 6.
It’s important to celebrate these traditions. It’s all about the celebration…
Maybe there’s a certain level of comfort to “go through the motions.” I celebrate every Friday with a martini and a cigar. I love this tradition!
More importantly, I photographed a young lady named Natalie about 6 years ago to celebrate her “First Holy Communion.” Now, this is a big tradition in the Catholic religion and it’s taken very seriously. Natalie’s mother called me up a few weeks ago and asked me to photograph her other daughter, Emily, for the same celebration. I had the pleasure to photograph her yesterday and I was very pleased with the results. I did forewarn mom that I indeed had progressed in my craft, so the Emily’s new portrait may look a bit better than Natalie’s. Now she wants a refund on Natalie’s portrait…. just kidding.
Photographing traditional events allows all of us to remember the important times in our lives and lets us celebrate the memories with our children, our friends, and our family. I’m thankful that my clients come back to me for such occasions and it makes me feel that I am doing my job documenting their moments, traditions and memories. I am grateful that I am here doing what I do best – practicing my craft, creating photographic heirlooms. I am grateful to have the opportunity to photograph my family, my grandkids and my adventures.
Until next time…
See you Friday at cocktail hour! Don’t forget your cigar.