What is the value of a photograph?


1. the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.

synonyms: worth, usefulness, advantage, benefit, gain, profit, good, help, merit, helpfulness, avail

It is a tough thing to consider, placing a value on something. Often times in our life, value is assigned based on how rare it is and how desirable it is. Rarity and desirability are both variable components, and can change in a moments notice.
A few years ago, Andrea wanted a family portrait. One of the images on the list that she wanted was a 4 generation shot. We started planning the portrait session. Andrea wanted to get shots of her entire family, and like any time you involve 12 people could not come to a consensus on time, place to shoot, what to wear, etc. Long story short, we got together, with a few less people than we really wanted, but we were able to get the shot that was most important for Andrea. We also got some really nice images of Andrea’s Grandmother just by herself, and a few with Andrea and her parents.
Over the next few years, I got know Dorothy a little better. Caitlyn and Andrea did as well. Dorothy moved here from Texas, so while Caitlyn had met her before, it wasn’t until she moved her that they really got to know each other. It seems that Dorothy was always willing to tell stories, and share her time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. I know that Andrea and Caitlyn’s life were enriched by growing a closer relationship with Dorothy, and we hope that the inverse of that was true as well.
Dorothy passed away a few days ago, and I know that the images of Caitlyn, Andrea, her mother and Dorothy were something that was very special to Andrea. When we took the images i knew that they would be important, but I know that the the portraits are now truly irreplaceable and priceless to our family.





One thought on “What is the value of a photograph?

  1. Thank You Ben! Very well said! And thank you for these great photos of Grandma
    and family together. You are truly a gifted artisan and a great catcher of those magic
    moments in life that mean so much.

    God Bless You,

    Dexter & Joyce

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