4 Reasons Why Family Portraits Are Important
Recently, a photographer friend of mine and I had a long discussion about why we think family portraits are important, and whether we make a point to take some of our own families. It can be tough to schedule time, much less get everyone on the same schedule, dressed up nicely, and in a good mood. Especially if you have little ones like I do! We both attached some significance to the list we came up with, which I’d love to share with you.
My own children have grown up in front of a camera, and I’ve become more and more grateful for the pictures we have of them. I think you forget funny little mannerisms and passing quirks until you look at a picture and remember a moment that goes with it, and kids are constantly going through small changes like that. Freezing an instant in time is priceless.
Not all pictures have to be perfectly posed family portraits, but commemorating big moments like birthdays and graduations is a lovely way to ensure that fond memories can be put on your wall. It’s one of the reasons I’m so fond of family & senior portraits – taking a little bit of time with those moments can leave us with lovely, memorable pictures.
Because of Moms
Let’s be honest, if you’re a mom you already know – you’re never in the picture. Or if it’s not the mom, then there’s someone who’s always behind the camera. I’m not complaining, but sometimes it’s nice to have a few pictures with me in them too! Whoever your camera operator is, I’m sure they’d appreciate a moment in the sun too. One day your kids or loved ones will treasure those images of you. They really will not care what size you are or if your hair or makeup is perfect.
Last but not least, one reason in particular has become quite personal for me, when my mother-in-law unexpectedly passed away this past year. Peggy was an incredible wife and mother, who loved in selfless ways until the very end. The pictures that I have of her will serve to remind my children of her for years to come – something I’m so, so grateful and thankful for. I know that life changes quickly, and I cherish the pictures & snapshots that we do have with her.