Images to Cherish

There comes a time in our lives, often more than once, where someone we love passes away.

During that time, it can be such emotional turmoil, re-living sweet memories, experiencing such sorrow.
Then comes the often stressful time when you plan for the funeral – and need to dig out hundreds of forgotten photographs, dusty and faded with age – each image telling the story from that part of their life.

My Grandma passed way on Christmas Eve – we believe it was so that she could have a joyful Christmas with my Grandpa who left us many years ago.
Christmas day is all about family, reuniting, sharing around the love and laughter. Surprisingly, mine was too.

With a funeral to plan in a few days and we needed images to scan for a slideshow. So there we sat, next to The Tree, surrounded by hundreds of photographs some being at least a century old.

When I was little, I was fascinated by photography and images, I’d often sit on Grandma’s knee as she’d turn the pages of albums from when I was tiny. At an early age, I already knew and appreciated the importance of these physical memories.
I like to think that spending Christmas, smiling and filtering through all of Grandma’s cherished moments from her and her family’s life, was her gift to me.

We carefully opened the creaky dust covered albums of various family member’s weddings, some photos slipping out of their holdings, I’d turn them over to see Grandma’s scrawl of a name and date. Then I discovered their own wedding album – matted and bound into a beautiful leather album from England, many moons ago. The black and white photographs within preserved perfectly and their smiles radiated out at us.

It was at that moment, as I thumbed the worn edges I felt complete realisation – this is why we do what we do.
To capture, produce and preserve memories for not only this life, but for the generations to come. When the day comes that they are no-longer around, their loved ones can smile as they re-live memories through those enclosed in the treasured albums.

All too often we hear from people only wanting digital files – and we can understand that some wish to share them with their friends and family on Facebook, or be able to go and print them at their local lab. Some can simply only afford just afford the wedding and photography and can’t actually invest in an album at that time.
But some do not wish to invest in proffessional photography at all – but they can shell out for the expensive dress, cake, venue, flowers and any other item that is only beautiful for that day alone. But after the day, what happens to them- really?
Photography allows those memories live on.

When we capture someone’s wedding, it is more than just a job for us. We spend weeks getting excited and envisioning the big day.
We take in all the details with our lens and feel like part of their life, being invited to capture the most sacred and intimate days.
To watch their eyes light up when our photography is finally revealed to them- it’s the most precious thing.

So I am going to say this – it breaks our hearts when we talk with people who do not believe in the importance of a hand crafted album. Let alone, never intend to do anything with their photos other than put them online.

The same goes for Portraits shoots.
Files by themselves are for this era. This, snap-them-upload-them-share-them-forget-them, era.

I would love to hear one person tell themselves that and seeing an image on a screen can trigger the same emotions as holding a printed photograph of a loved one that had been cherished.

We got married last year and I regret to say that we had a pathetic budget for our wedding day – it really was tiny.

But we were were totally prepared to pay for amazing photography, even if it meant there was no cake, no feast, no elaborate details.
It could have just been us, family and our photographers for all we cared.

Our photographers were the talented Lauren and Delwyn Project, they helped create memories that will be shared with our children, and our childrens’ children.

Of course, we had to create and album, what better than a Queensberry Album, handcrafted here in NZ. We’re so proud to offer these to our own clients.

This album sits on our coffee table, we’ve only had it less than a year now, and I have looked at it hundreds of times, I’m actually probably running out of people to show it to… But I look at it, and it still brings a tear to my eye,  something that need not be stored away and forgotten.

Forgive me if I have offended, it was not my intention at all. If you felt I was getting too caught up in what I believe in, too bad. That is what drives us.
This post, is is merely and example of the essence behind our photography, our morals and reason for doing what we do. The reason why our art means so much to us.

Much love ~ Katrina


[…] Katrina is an Auckland photographer (Williams Photography) and one of Queensberry’s account managers. Her Grandma passed away before Christmas. This lovely post first appeared on Katrina’s own blog. […]

What a truly wonderful post. I first read it on the Queensberry blog, and am so happy for you that you have this such well preserved legacy of treasured memories of your own family and you’ve made the effort to keep it going. The albums are just beautiful.

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