Monday, May 6, 2013

And this is why I take pictures


A little while ago, I was asked to give an interview for a Pakistan based website, Le Spectra, you can read it here. This was the first type of interview I have ever given and I had a great time answering the questions. It was also good to be able to think and express in words, what photography means to me. This post is a continuation of that thought process.


I take pictures because my pictures tell my story.

I take pictures because when seen through that viewfinder, the ordinary is beautiful, everything is magical.

I take pictures because I know the magic of having your childhood captured to the minutest of details and I want to pass on that gift that my parents gave to me, to my kids too. I want my daughter to be able to look at herself through my eyes.

I take pictures because it is a connection between us and our families that live far away. Though not here in person, they’re able to enjoy Anya’s growth with us.

I take pictures because this world we live in, is breathtaking, and sometimes we forget to notice.

I take pictures because our memories can get clouded and I want to remember the little details that make up our lives right now.

I take pictures because this life is uncertain, it can change in the blink of an eye and photography helps us keep a piece of it even when bits of our lives are taken away.

I take pictures because happy people are beautiful, crooked smiles are pretty, relationships are magical, and because I believe there is beauty in imperfection.

I take pictures because sometimes silence speaks much louder than words, and pictures have a way of doing that, of speaking without words.

I take pictures because it challenges you sometimes to look at the same thing with a different eye, and that is something we all need more of in our lives.

I take pictures because I want to tell stories, my own, peoples’. Because our stories need to be told.


Pictures taken by my talented sister Waliya during my visit to Pakistan. The vintage beauties were borrowed by a sweet friend, Maha, who is a lucky girl. I wish I could keep each one of these!

Hope your weekend was lovely. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. You have written this beautifully nataliya.and you are an inspiration to all of us.stay blessed

  2. "I take pictures because I want to tell stories, my own, peoples’. Because our stories need to be told." I wrote something similar last week.

    I love taking out every day life because it's worth capturing.

    stopping by from Heart and Habit

    1. Hey so glad you stopped by. Would love to read what you wrote. And yes, photography is a truly a gift. Xoxo

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