Are photos worth the hassle of coordinating outfits and corralling kids? I can tell you right now, they are! It might seem like quick iphone photos will suffice and family photos from before the last kid was born can hang on the wall forever, but the problem with that is someone is always missing. Family photos capture the love, energy and personality of everyone. We see mom playing with and enjoying her kids, we’ve got dad holding his sweet newborn for the first time and we’ve got the wild energy and laughter of kids in all their stages of life. Everyone is a part of the memory, and that’s what photos are all about.
For me, photos capture a moment in time and bring memories to life. They tell stories that might have been forgotten. I love when families are silly and play together during our photo sessions because it shows the “now” for that family. I had one family where the little boy had to hold his toy truck in every picture. I love that! With another family I really focused in on the family jokester who got everyone laughing. That is something worth remembering! Photos will remind you of your family dynamics at that specific time and it’s worth it because that stage of life is only temporary and relationships are constantly changing.
Photos are physical reminders of people I love and special time together. They touch my heart in a way that other tangible momentos don’t. When I was little, my great-grandma would show me pictures of my grandma as a young girl. She said that one year, it was very dry and their house caught fire and burned down. They lost everything. Their friends came to help them and they brought photos that she had given to them over the years. There were photos of her children when they were little and photos of their family that she thought were lost forever. But because she had photos and shared them with others, she could now share them with me three generations later. Photos are magic. It’s why I do what I do. Now my walls are sprinkled with past photos and photos of my sweet babies and their growing personalities. Photos breathe life into my family tree and they can do that for you, your children and generations to come.