A Notion on Value
The other day I saw a post about a $1000 portrait not having the same value as an iPhone and that it was insane to spend that amount on “just” pictures. I sat on it for a while, thinking about that post. I honestly couldn’t disagree more. Admittedly, an iPhone gives instant gratification. You feel amazing the moment you buy it because now you are updated on the latest tech. But portraits can do the same and so much more. I know, I will make sure that they make you feel at least 10 times as awesome.
Portraits also build value over time, an iPhone for sure doesn't.
Right now and here, portraits are an amazing thing to have. They adorn your wall and you feel that special kind of pride. You look at them and you are reminded of your own beauty, especially on those days when you feel anything but beautiful.
Slowly their value increase.
You have children, and your children look at them, ask about them and show them off to their friends “That’s my mom!!”
Your kids have kids. They see them, ask questions and are suddenly richer in knowledge.
Now they know where they are coming from.
One day, you will not be here anymore. It is the fact of life. Your family members suddenly cherish that image of you 1000 times more than they did before. Your portrait has, in fact, become an heirloom.
Something passed down from generation to generation. You have become a part of the family history. On the back of the portrait, the date it was taken is written down and the people of your family can now piece together their own history. By looking at your portrait they know where they come from.
Just because we live in a modern age of social media constantly tossing images in our faces, doesn’t mean, that the classical portrait has died out.
I would actually argue that now, more than ever, is the time to have your portrait taken. Because where do those images we post on social media end up? Do we print them? Do we put them in an album? Do we take them out with the grandkids, looking at them, telling them the story of their origin?
I think not.
Social media is such a fleeting thing. Not tangible. Not physical. But holding that portrait of a loved one is so incredibly important and valuable. It is an experience in remembrance. That single picture gives you tons of information. It produces emotion. It brings up a different time, even if that time was yesterday.