Journal: Moments + Memories. For Life.

emily schmutz, owner of summit mountain weddings and keeping composure photography

I still remember the first time I developed a black and white print: it was with my dad, and we were in (what I called) his makeshift darkroom in our basement. I was 12 or 13. We put our chemical trays on top of the washer and dryer, and his work bench held the enlarger. The print wasn't from my own negative, rather from one of his, but I still chose the perfect subject: my childhood dog. There was some real magic in that darkroom. Those are moments I will remember for the rest of my life.

winter scene with Emily Schmutz, owner of summit mountain weddings and keeping composure photography

There are always a handful of moments I think about when I look at any single photograph. Not just, "I remember when I went to a coffee shop with my friend" or "that one time we stood outside with our puppy." To me, photos encompass everything that has come before those moments, and everything we have yet to discover.

For me, when I photograph, it's about creating moments that turn into memories, and capturing moments that create nostalgia, yearning, longing or a reminiscence of another time. Each photo shoot is an opportunity to bring the client's past together with the present. A chance to cherish that day's event and people, but to also remember why and how we arrived at that very moment to begin with.


Special thanks to Haley at Carnefix Photography for images associated with this post! (She rocks!)

What are your favorite moments? What makes your heart skip a beat or your chest feel warm and fuzzy? What takes your mind to another place - what do you daydream about? Leave a comment and let me know!