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Why I am a Photographer | Personal Work

Posted on by Ruth Yaro

In May of 2014, I had the privilege through Wish of a Lifetime Foundation to photograph three sisters in there 70s who hadn't seen each other in three years. They wanted photos of what they expected to be the last time they would all be together.

Driving home after that shoot I thought about how I wish I could do that every day. It wasn't stylish, cool or even creative; however, I realized in that moment that I had just been given the opportunity to document a reunion - and those images would be mean a lot to that family. Photographs can be so much more than artistic expression; they can be the only memories someone might have.

I don't want to be so focused on doing something different or creative that I miss the real reason I wanted to pursue photography in the first place. I don't care if I'm successful by the world’s standards or even a known name. I want to create images that mean more than anything to someone, because perhaps it's a loved one that passed away or a memory that means a lot to them. I want to document life and all that comes with it.