This may come as a shock (considering I AM a family photographer), but family photos are very, very important to me. In fact, mine are among the most treasured items I own. Without them, the only way I can re-live those moments in my life, with those people, is just from memory–and THAT is becoming less and less reliable with each passing day.
It’s not enough that I simply HAVE the photos, I need to SEE them often. Whether they’re in albums, scrapbooks, frames, or huge canvas galleries on my walls, I must have them printed out. Here’s a quote I saved years ago about this very thing.
I love this way of thinking, and I couldn’t agree more. My daughter can’t escape looking at pictures of her in our home, even if she tried. And this is also one of the the primary reasons I began offering print products to my photography clients. You can have the most beautiful photos in the world, but if they’re just sitting in a file on a hard drive somewhere, how are you (or anyone else for that matter) going to see them? While I’m at it, if you don’t have photos taken, how are you going to even have photos to see?
So, I do absolutely practice all that I preach…at least as far as family photos are concerned. I get photos taken of us every year. Initially I tried putting the camera on a tripod and attempted to direct us while simultaneously pointing + clicking the remote.
If you know me, then you know my coordination skills are usually right around zero. So that circus didn’t last too many seasons, until I finally made our photos a real priority and began hiring a photographer myself. For these photos, Brittany Griggs was the photographer, and if you’re in the Charlotte, NC area, she does phenomenal work–especially regarding families with small children and/or pets, and her in-home lifestyle newborn sessions are second to none.
These are the last professional photos we’ve had taken, and we are due for more…primarily because my kid looks nearly nothing like these any longer. She’s five inches taller, her hair is ten inches shorter, and seven of those baby teeth are gone (*cries uncontrollably*).
So yes, I may be about a year late posting these, but here we are…Williams, party of three.