Cancer Guy! I have yet to get permission from you to get a photographer to do the shooting needed for a family photo book. I understand your concerns and desire to protect your children as much as possible.
That said, I have already started fund raising. If you and your wife feel that this photo book isn’t possible or needed, we can divert those funds to something else. As I said initially, it seems that your insurance and other resources have you fairly well covered. If that isn’t the case you should fill us in on that.
To be as clear as I can be with you, my concern is, in the case that you are not able to overcome this latest onslaught of cancer, what would comfort your family through the years? I believe very strongly that a truly professional photo book would be, in the long run, as much or possibly more important emotionally for your wife, children, and other family members than even money. More than anything, your children need their father, and in this case, there is no guarantee that they will get to have that. It’s heartwrenching, but unfortunately true.
I think I mentioned that I’m a photogapher (though I don’t make my living from it). There is something about photos that bring a closeness even more than video in my opinion. Perhaps it’s that the imagination and emotions get more intertwined while seeing a still image as opposed to video where the motion and voice confine our thought and imagination to what is being done and said. I really don’t know, but whatever it is, it is why I’m a photographer and not a videographer. Additionally, a photo book is just so convenient to look at compared to video.
The reason I’m mentioning all of this is simply that I think you or others may immediately think that video would be better. If that is the consensus, well, then we should hire someone to do that instead. The point is, again (and again, and again . . .) what will comfort through time?
So, as far as I know that is everything to know about where I’m coming from. On top of this, because I’m a photographer and believe deeply that a professionally done photo book would be a comforting treasure, I cannot personally imagine asking anyone other than my friend, Andrew, to do this. I thought of him because it just happens to be a perfect match. He specializes in exactly the type of work that would be best for this idea. And, as I mentioned, he could really use the work, both for the immediate finances and the addition to his portfolio to get more work in the future.
I know that some may think it wiser to hire a local photographer, but I’d bet almost anything there is no local photographer as good as my friend, one, and two, if there were and he or she was actually established, there probably wouldn’t be much, if any, savings by going that route. I’m sure there are “adequate” photographers in your area (it seems like you are in the “burbs” of a major city), but, personally, I cringe at this. Most “adequate” photographers today are trendy and, while their images are catchy, they won’t stand the test of time. My friend produces images that do not rely on the latest trends and looks, but are timeless. It’s the way I am. I can’t get myself to do hardly a thing if I think there is a better way. Andrew, without any doubt in my own mind, is the best way.
Well, as a fellow believer, I believe that motives are as important as actions, thus the book about my thinking on this, hopefully to be done, project ;)
But I’m still not done . . .
The other side of it all, and the major reason I’m writing this, is to hopefully help you see it a little differently from your own perspective, CG. You mentioned not wanting to be the boy crying wolf, but then were still crying two years from now. Well, in one sense, I don’t want that either! I mean, I don’t want you to die, of course. But, if you are alive in two years, I’ll be praising God! The thing I wouldn’t like to see is you still struggling in two years. Being alive in two, ten, twenty, fifty years is what we are all hoping for! That, and that you are taking down Ed Whitlock’s records ;) Seriously!
So, what if we all chipped in and made a photo book happen? And you live to 120? Well, that would just be a tragedy we would all be too happy to deal with!
Listen, if you beat this thing like we all hope, and you and your family end up with photo books as a gift that wasn’t “needed”, it was still an epic moment in all of your lives that should be remembered. Trust me! No harm - no foul! In that case we may have a LRC get together and sing the Doxology! (Could you imagine? All of the LRC runners in split shorts singing the Doxology before a group track workout? But don’t laugh! You have to lead!)
With love, brother.
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