This is a busy time of year for family photos. Photo sessions are on the minds of a handful of people in preparation for Christmas cards and gifts, but it’s always at the back of my mind that this group really isn’t much larger than that… a handful of people. Some say that they don’t need professional photos taken of them and their family because they have snapshots from all through the year to to commemorate this time in their life. I am totally guilty of the same thought! Then I look through my pictures and realize that I am not in any of those images because I’m the one holding the camera! ItÂ This is very very common in families. Someone has to take the picture, and usually it’s the same someone. Another common thing that we hear is…”I am just not photogenic”…or…”Pictures of me always look weird, and I can just do without…I know what I look like.” Don’t take this personally, but that’s actually kind of selfish. You are always going to be your toughest critic, and your family and friends love you, and the way you look. They want to remember you, why deny them of that privilege?
I came across this article written by a very talented photography duo, Rowell Photography that made me stand and applaud. I couldn’t say it better…so here’s what they had to say…
“Its Autumn and that means it is time for us to rant about the importance of family photography. Every year around this time of back to school and sweater weather we start getting phone calls like this:
Family: â€œHello, I am inquiring about family photos, what are your rates?â€
Rowell Photography: â€œHello, thank you for calling us. When was the last time you had family photos taken?â€
Family: â€œUmmm, not since I was young, so around 10-15 years ago.â€
(Then the emergency family photography sirens and lights start going off at the Rowell Photography studio, and Ryan and I try our hardest to keep calm and not to panic the family, its important that we do what we can make the booking, this family is in desperate need.)
Rowell Photography: â€œWow! thatâ€™s is quite sometime, sounds like you guys are overdue. Letâ€™s check out some dates and packages.â€
Family: â€œYeah I guess we are in need of an updated family photo, at the very least for our parents. Letâ€™s book before the snow starts to fall.â€
This scene is all too typical, and quite frankly its sad. Having photographs that document pivotal moments in oneâ€™s life are essential, ie: weddings, engagements, anniversaries, baptisms, bar & bat mitzvahs. If you ever only celebrate 4 of these major milestones and hire a professional photographer for those 4 days in your life and you live to be 100 years old. On average you are photographed professionally every 25 years, and the worst part is that most of these milestones typically happen within the first 25-30 years of your life. So what happens when your great grandchildren start asking questions about who you were, what you looked like during the other 75 years of your life? the easy answer is to consider having updated family portraits every few years, and by â€œfewâ€ we mean 3-5 not 10-20.Â Many people worry about family photos being outdated â€“ hanging on the walls of their parents houses, in giant tacky frames from a time back when you had braces and didnâ€™t have a clue that the over sized hooded sweater you were wearing looked horrible on you. We can understand your pain, I have family photos like that too, but i just say to myself â€œat least I have themâ€. They are the little embarrassing windows into my past.
What I wish my professional photographer had told us then about how to prepare for our family photo session was: Donâ€™t come wearing a ton of crazy patterns. My dadâ€™s 1992 Weekend at Bernieâ€™s revival look, paired up with my momâ€™s multi colored floral print dress and my sister and I with matching florescent pink and blue floral jump suits is enough to get us on to Awkwardfamily photos.com I wish our photographer had suggested a backdrop that wasnâ€™t a fake blue sky and actually photographed us outside in front of the real thing. After the shoot the photographer convinced my parents to buy a really expensive 5 inch thick 16Ã—20 tacky gold frame to house our tacky family photo in. Which I guess makes sense, go for it all or go home. That baby hung on the wall of our home for 15 years, and its our only professional family photo. Donâ€™t get me wrong I love it because it is so who we were at that time, but I know that I only love it so much because its the only shoot we ever did as a family. I wish we had taken family photos every few years so I could forget about this one photo.
Thatâ€™s my rant for this year on family photos. The lesson to be learned here is: Update your family portraits so you can be embarrassed for a shorter amount of time when your parents hang it on their walls for 3 years instead of 15.”
Amen and Amen. Thank you, Rowells for that encouragement to get off of our bums and have portraits taken!
If this article was convicting for you, act on it! There are tons of photographers in the area that can match your style, your price point, and your schedule.
This weekend we are offering mini sessions (only a couple of spots left!). It’s only $50 for a session…that’s less than most people spend on a normal trip to Target. What are you waiting for?
For more info on our Mini Sessions, check out our specials tab or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for listening to my rant. Photos have always been important to me, so it’s all easy for me to say, but taking advantage of the opportunity to have your family’s portraits taken is at least worth considering!