It's certainly no secret that I love what I do. So much so that people think I'm crazy when I tell them that I spend about 6-8 hours every day working so that I am able to continue doing what I love.
I had a relative ask me this yesterday -- at our July 4th (or 5th) cookout, "What is it that you like the most about being a photographer?" I've answered this question in 100 different ways, because they're a 100 different reasons.
No, literally... I have a 100 different reasons.
Here's what I told him yesterday:
"I love being able to capture a single second in time and freeze that moment forever. Especially when it comes to documenting love."
This is the number one reason why I love photography and photographing people. I get so sappy when it comes to love. I've always been that way. I'm motivated by seeing people interact with the people that they love -- whether it be a significant other, a family member, a child or their pets. I know how much I value time with my loved ones and I know it's the same for everyone else.
Most people don't realize how important photos are. Your family portraits are the only tie between your memories and your family history. Memories from your wedding day are great to make, because even 50 years from now, looking at those photos will allow you to live that day over and over again. They're the only tangible takeaway of your momentous day. The old cliche holds true,
"A picture is worth 1000 words."