Alison Lapczuk Photography
What gets photographed, gets remembered.
I remember going to Old Quebec City with my parents and I remember going to the East Coast, too. Amazingly, I remember almost nothing about our family trip to Disney World. Why is that? I believe it's because I never saw a photograph from our trip there. I was 11 years old, so you’d think I would remember something, but I don’t.
There are no photographs.
Photographs not only help to take us back, they also help us to tell stories. When I look at old pictures, the stories that emerge are different, depending on who else is with me. My Mom might look at a photograph and remember that I went head first down the slide that day and almost lost a tooth, my sister might remember that we got in a big fight over her Glass Tiger album, I might remember that our baseball coach bought the whole team ice cold cans of pop that day... What photographs do is they give us all a starting point to start talking, telling stories, reminiscing.
Family is everything to me. Our heritage, culture, traditions (big and small), are important.
Photographs are important, too. Finished, developed photographs.
I am the youngest of 4 kids and the oldest sibling is only 2.5 years my senior. It’s no surprise that there are not many pictures from my childhood, growing up in the 80's. There were some photographs in albums, and lots of undeveloped rolls of film in a drawer. It's the same scenario with busy families today. Do you have photographs sitting on a computer hard drive or a USB stick or DVD in a drawer? Yes, you very likely do. And you are also very likely not going to get around to those any time soon.
I have a deep desire to provide the most authentic, honest, emotional photographs of your family. I want to tell your story so that you can remember this time in your life. You will have finished, professionally developed and printed, beautiful memories to share for generations to come. This is important. Nothing is more important than your family. The time is now to make sure your memories are preserved.
I would pay any amount of money to go back in time and develop those rolls of film in that drawer. But I can't. The time to do that is long gone and I can't change that now. I can take action today for the future, not the past. You can, too.
Don't wait for perfect - the real beauty in life is not perfect at all.
Email me at - email@example.com - I would love to photograph your family:)
I know what it's like to be on the other side of the camera. When I hired a documentary photographer (Jenna) to come photograph my family, I was a little nervous at first, but I also felt free to be myself, because that was the whole point!
Rather than stressing, I focused on family and just having fun together. As a result, I finally got to witness the beauty in my own everyday.
It was a day where we could really immerse ourselves in playing with the kids, enjoying so many little things: bath time, making pancakes, covering our driveway in sidewalk chalk... It was a day to celebrate our family. Our own daily traditions. The images are invaluable to me. I can hold them in my hands for years to come, remembering this time in our life.
Alison is an accredited member of Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC). Her work has been recognized by a National Board of Examiners in the specialties of Fine Art and Child Study. Her work is included in both he 2016 and 2017 PPOC National Image Salons.
Also, her winning image, depicting the theme "Emotion" was featured on the following blog.