Remember the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words?” In 1826, Joseph Nicephore Niepce took the first photo – changing the way we capture a moment.
Family is the most valuable thing in your life. One great way to capture the moments that matter with your loved ones is to have a family portrait session. You can do indoors or outdoors, and almost any location will work. You only have to let your photographer guide you to the perfect photo and capture your family’s love and personality!
Are you hesitant about getting pictures taken? Read on to learn six great reasons to take family portraits.
1. Boost Self Esteem
Your children will love showing your family photos to their friends (yes, even teenagers). It can boost their self-esteem because they feel like they belong to a group.
Children feel like they belong because you took the time and money to get these photos and hang them up. Research shows children in family photos have a better sense of connection to their family.
2. Family Portraits are a Fun, Memorable Experience
Family portraits don’t have to be those old boring sessions people used to get at the mall. A professional photographer will not rush through the photo process like these places.
You need a session that lets your family be themselves. A photographer should take the time to get to know your family and get the shot you want. You want to look your best without looking too posed.
Relaxing and fun photo sessions show through on the pictures. You will love the way you look when you don’t feel so posed or stuck in a certain (and uncomfortable) position.
3. Get Everyone in the Shot
A family portrait session should have everyone in the picture. Let’s face it – if you don’t have someone take the picture, someone is the odd man (or woman) out, or it’s a selfie that doesn’t get everyone’s full face in the shot.
Life gets busy, so setting a date will get it on everyone’s calendar if you want to include grandparents, aunts, uncles, or even the dog. You can’t get a great selfie with 8 people in the shot – go ahead and try.
Make the most of having everyone in the picture. Getting your family photo taken on a regular basis will make sure you can capture everyone. It’s hard to plan sometimes with life’s surprises as kids move away to college or someone gets sick.
Remember life is fragile, so make sure you take the time to get everyone in the shot. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee everyone will be in the shot in upcoming years.
4. Record Life’s Precious Moments
Family photos will help you preserve those wonderful memories, and you can reminisce how fun it is to be with the people you love. It can make you less sad if you live far apart to see all those smiling faces.
Families are always changing and developing. Your family will change in a few months as kids grow. You shouldn’t take all these moments for granted.
You can also document your child’s growth in family photos. Your kids will enjoy looking at photos to see how they (and you change) from year to year. You may even get a good laugh at those fashion trends in a few years.
You can use family pictures to celebrate milestones like birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, new additions, weddings, and more. Babies hit numerous milestones, including sitting up, standing, walking, and of course, the one-year celebration complete with cake smashing.
You want to remember these moments, and this is a great reason to have a family photo shoot. These milestones are great reminders to capture these moments for all to see.
5. Pass on to Next Generation
Family pictures are a great way to pass on the family’s identity. That moment in time has forever been captured, and your future generation can see what their descendants look like. It helps the next generation feel connected to your crew.
If you get portraits done regularly, you show that you hold your family at the utmost priority. You can show everyone how happy and united your clan is. Your grandchildren will get to see what you looked like as a younger adult.
Looking for a great present? Grandparents love family photos. This is a great opportunity to plan a session and give a gift that someone will appreciate.
6. Family Portraits are Investment in Art
Are the photos on your computer or phone backed-up? What happened if you lost all those files? Pretty scary thought, isn’t it?
The digital world needs back-up. You can make sure you have all the photos you want with high quality, professionally-framed prints. It brings life to your home or office.
You get what you pay for when it comes to photography and prints. Remember you are making an investment in your family. You can pass down canvases or these high-quality prints to your children.
High-quality photos last a lifetime and are easier to sort through than the digital world where photos can get lost. Professional photographers are worth your investment because they have the training to make you look your best.
Because you are making such a big investment, you need to do your research on a photographer. The last thing you want is to get photos that do not capture your family’s love and bond. Not all photographers are equal, so it’s worth the effort to read reviews and ask to see their work.
Let Us Take Your Family Portraits
Contact me today to discuss your ideas for your family portraits. I would be happy to hear your ideas or share my thoughts on the perfect location in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. You can also check out my blog for other tricks, tips, and more to get that perfect photo that lasts a lifetime and makes your living room wall complete.