There are so many reasons (er, excuses) people make for not having their family pictures taken. "My hair is too short." "My hair is too long." "I need to lose 15 pounds." But have you ever considered the reasons why you SHOULD ignore that creepy little voice that discourages you from doing just that? The reasons abound!
You know that your little ones are going to grow up. They will never be their current size again, so you have a limited time to capture each stage of development. Today becomes just a memory.
Family photo sessions are intended to be fun! Yes, there might be a few stressful moments but we adapt, improvise, and overcome. Toddlers that refuse to sit still might be candidates for treats. Bibery comes in handy at times - nothing is off the table when it comes to littles!
All of those mishaps become memories that you will laugh about later on. No matter what the outcome, you will have formed memories of having fun together in front of a photographer making goofy faces and crazy noises. Better than that, you will have photographs to display on the walls of your home that make you smile.
Many years ago I taught a Newborn Photography class and needed a newborn model. A few contacts later and I was connected to this family. We became quick friends. Through the years they've asked me to photograph their changing family and although it's a 6 hour drive for me, I've always made it happen. (The bonus is that I get to see my extended family, too.)
If you've ever wondered why it's so important to have your family portrait made, this is it. Since the first time I photographed them, Dad has changed careers, the girls have grown taller than Mom, one graduated during Covid, and another has graduated this year, 2023. There are no more braces or glasses. There are driver's licenses and boyfriends. Suddenly they've grown up. How did that happen? Somehow it did - right before our eyes.
Their family portraits are a treasure to them - their friendship is a gift to me. As the years come and go, I'll always be there to capture their changing family.
"We love our photos! I can't believe that the kids have changed so much since the last photo session. I'm really glad we did this and we plan to from now on once a year, especially since our family will be growing by one! " ~ Mark and Miranda
...will become of all the cellphone and digital pictures that are being taken today? In a month's time, they will be replaced by today's picture. Which will be replaced by tomorrow's picture. Current technology of today will be outdated in 3-5 years. I can't stress enough the importance of having your pictures in printed form!