Earth Day reminds us to keep nature beautiful-a photographer’s view

Nature in Northwest Arkansas provides some of the best backdrops for photography.
Nature in Northwest Arkansas provides some of the best backdrops for photography.

 

Look closely at that picture. Do you see the couple on the ledge? Now look at the water. See their reflection? The reflection and the natural beauty around them would not be possible if that location were not protected from harm such as chemicals and litter.

This week is when more than 100 countries across the globe acknowledge Earth Day (always on April 22). The idea is to bring acute awareness to the importance of protecting our natural resources both in our daily home life and our businesses. At the national level, ideas such as environmentally friendly legislation and policy are frequently discussed.

Let’s not deal with national policy or major global issues. Let’s look at one of the many reasons for us as “regular people” to protect the environment.

Our trees, waterways and air quality are all important natural resources.
Our trees, waterways and air quality are all important natural resources.

Protecting the environment saves money and it makes it more likely that God’s creation will be around for future generations (and it will be healthy for them to live on the planet!).

But there’s also the value of living in the moment. Of realizing that protecting the environment means protecting the beauty of creation now. Beautiful scenes that can be used in photography and be part of creating memories that last a lifetime. Memories like headshots, senior pictures and family portraits.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We’ve all heard the three Rs of sustainability: reduce, reuse and recycle. On the business side, I encourage these qualities in various ways including:

  • Offering electronic receipts for payment
  • Offering digital proofs of photos so the only photos that get printed are the ones clients need for display purposes
  • Utilizing props “upcycled” props and reusing products that are still in excellent condition
  • Reducing my gasoline use by having a home office and combining trips to photo shoot locations whenever possible.

Get the family involved with protecting creation

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Getting the whole family involved in sustainability efforts can be fun and educational.

 

As I mentioned above, my studio is in my home. I have a private, professional place where clients can come for a relaxing photoshoot. This not only reduces my gas use because I’m not traveling to an office away from home, but it gives my family and me the chance to practice sustainability both at work and home. We consider it important to not waste water and other utilities, to recycle and to reuse items in as many ways possible.

Getting close with nature

Even the tiniest "crawly" creatures have a sense of grace, beauty and promise.
Even the tiniest “crawly” creatures have a sense of grace, beauty and promise.

 

What ways do you protect the environment in your home or business? Share in the comments! Meanwhile, how would you like to schedule your next photoshoot in the beauty of Northwest Arkansas? Give us a call today.