The Importance of Family Photography

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being a photographer. It is one of my greatest passions in life and something that I strongly feel I was meant to do. I get so much enjoyment from meeting new families and getting to know them better. As I look at and edit images from family sessions, I can truly feel the love and connection within these families. With all of that being said – as a mommy of three very young children myself – I completely understand how difficult it can be to work up the energy and motivation to schedule a family photo session, let alone find the time to get everyone dressed and looking ‘presentable’ to actually do the session! This is something that I, myself, need to get better at doing. Every year during my busy season – typically the September through December timeframe – when families are wanting photos for holiday cards, or to give as gifts to the grandparents, I always think to myself “I really need to get OUR family session scheduled.” And I never do. And I regret it. Of course I have thousands of photos of my children, which I will always cherish. BUT, I can probably count on one hand the number of photographs that I have of all five of us together as a family. Photographs are SO, SO, SO important. I simply cannot stress this enough. If you really take a minute to think about it, what is there to physically be remembered by when we’re gone – or how do we best remember a time in our lives from long ago? Of course there are other material items, such as a special piece of jewelry that someone wore, or a quilt they knitted, or a beautiful picture they painted. These items are all wonderful and they do help to keep our memories alive…but I’d bet it’s safe to say that photographs would be either at – or near – the very top of that list! There is nothing quite like a photograph. Each moment in time is fleeting and cannot be duplicated…but it can be documented. So, the next time you are hesitant to schedule that family photo session, remember the significance of documenting this time together as a family. Don’t stress about what to wear or how everyone’s behaving. Remind yourself of how treasured these photographs will be now, and in the future, for you and for your family. I can guarantee that someday your kids will be glad you did!