5 Reasons Why Family Photography Is So Important
I am sure like most people, during this Pandemic you have realised that your family and the people in your bubble are your absolute world. Your home is your sanctuary where you can, if even for a moment forget about the worries of the world. How your home looks and feels has suddenly become very important to you-I know it has for me!
Over the years you have probably thought about family portrait photography but it just hasn’t happened. You are too busy. You’ve nothing to wear. Your need to have your hair done. Your need to loose weight. It’s hard to get everyone together.
Well let me tell you your choice to invest in family photography does matter and it is important-now more than ever! Your family portraits bring your family together. Everyone in one frame on your wall. It reminds your family of its love for one another. Your family portraits bring joy. They make you smile. And, in these hard times of a pandemic, your family portraits can bring comfort and heal.
Here are 5 reasons why family photography is important. I’ll even share my own personal experience (and regrets)
1. Document Growth
Family photos are a wonderful way of documenting events that happen in our lives, seeing our family grow up and change over the years. By letting your kids see your photos from the past and the present they become connected to their story.
All too often we forget about our past because we are so busy building our futures. Our children grow fast being Moms of teenagers and young adults we have seen it for ourselves. In the blink of an eye they are packing their bags and heading off to college!
The truth is you won’t always be able to pick up your child just like this.
2. Life Happens
We may not want to admit it but the make-up of the family can change without warning and loved ones may pass on. Our children deserve to know how we looked and how much they were loved when we were their entire world. You never know when that last chance for a family photo will come. I know only too well how this feels when my beautiful Mom passed away suddenly I treasure the pictures I have of her and her bubbly personality-they make me smile!
Years from now your children will value a photo of you in them.
3. Reliving Memories
Family photos connect us to those who came before. They’re a great way to reminisce.
They are also a part of our legacy. In the 21st Century we now face a crossroads with well over half of individuals keeping their photos on their computer or phone. But mobile phones are lost or stolen easily with less than 1/3 of people backing up their photos.
In years to come, grandchildren and great-grandchildren may someday ask to see pictures of their family and wouldn’t it be sad if our children had no tangible images of the family members and ancestors who came before them and helped shape the world and person they are today.
Family images are a great way to reminisce remembering the day and the fun you had together.
4. Increasing Self-Esteem
One of the more unexpected effects of having family photographs in your home is the positive effect it can have on your children’s mental health. Did you know the simple act of having your families photographs hung in your house increases your children’s self-esteem?
Studies show that having your families photographs displayed prominently in your home sends the message that your family is important to one another and that you honour the memories that you created together. It’s a reminder of belonging and of being safe. It shows them how much they are loved and helps to build confidence.
Making sure that our children know just how much they are loved.
5. Everyone In One Frame
If you are anything like me I have so many pictures of my husband and my children over the years with very few of me in them, as I was always the one taking the pictures. Not because I am a photographer (as I wasn’t back then) but simply because I would witness a moment and want to record it through all the chaos to remind myself of the times we had together when, I eventually came up for air!
But the problem is I took them on my phone whilst still a great memory they are a snapshot but not great quality to print large or put in a frame. I know that now.
I always thought I could take a good picture and cut costs by framing it myself over the years but having become a “real” photographer learning a combination of skills, including great lighting, posing and beautiful locations I realise that this is what makes a quality image and why it is worth the investment.
I want images of us that my children and their families can cherish for years to come-don’t you?