Saturday, July 7, 2012

Pictures Are 1000 Words but Memories are Priceless

“Everyone has a photographic memory, but not everyone has film.”
~ Steven Wright

Life is a series of moments, only a few of which become memories. Capturing those moments in photographs ensures those memories will outlive a lifetime. And while it may be truth that anyone with a camera can take a picture, it’s also truth that photographs aren’t taken; you must ask, quietly, to borrow them.

Today I want to introduce you to someone who, when we first met sixteen years ago, would not have been able to ask for anything quietly. She was exuberant and genuine, her passion for life exposing the film of my memory to the bright colors of laughter and friendship.

Today she is no less an exuberant, genuine, passionate person; in fact, she has found in herself a rare gift, as photographer, for capturing those many paradoxes and tiny con- tradictions that make life interesting. She is a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter…. and still (I’m blessed to say) a friend: Sonya Kassen, owner of Wobble Monkey Photography.

Sonya officially started this business in February 2010, embracing the wisdom of Tony Benn who spoke an essential truth: “Most things in life are a moment of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.” It is this pleasure that she hopes to capture in every shot.

“I believe in capturing lifelong memories in a manner that involves fun and laughter,” she writes on her company page. “My goal is to make the experience an enjoyable one.”

Sonya’s distinctive style and energy can be seen from every angle. She specializes in capturing the unique beauty and strength of individuals with disabilities, as well as real estate photos (a great advantage when listing your home for sale), and creating ads for local businesses. In addition, she has a great eye for the beauty of nature and animals, and the magic of life’s special occasions, such as weddings and graduations. She even brings new life to those Christmas card classic shots of families, infants, and children.

Ansel Adams, one of the world's greatest photographers, said that “You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, [and] the people you have loved.” I highly recommend that you call Wobble Monkey Photography, and let your most precious asset – those moments that combine to create your life – become a part of Sonya’s photography. Your life will bless, and be blessed, beyond measure.

(To learn more about Sonya and Wobble Monkey Photography, check out the tab "Familiar Faces" above. You'll find her contact information and a direct link to her website.)

1 comment:

  1. A very nice article for Sonya, I'm heading to her website now...