There are many different ideas surrounding the word family; for some it is a traditional construct of parents, their children and pets, for others, it extends to aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents, still others see tight-knit friends as kin. Family can truly include anyone with whom you share love, commitment & trust. I personally was never blessed with a sister, so I refer to many of my gal pals as "sisters". It is what you make it!
Ok, so now that we've established that there are infinite compositions of a family, let's discuss why it is so important to invest in a professional photography experience with those who YOU consider your family.
I'm biased, yes, but hear me out! I've composed 9 reasons that will highlight why investing in family photos is so worthwhile!
As you read through, truly consider the pace of the world these days and recognize that time FLIES. Your little one changes RAPIDLY... their current adorableness will soon evolve into a different type of cuteness... don't you want to remember the stink face that your little guy gives every time the camera comes out? Or what about the knee dimples that your chubby toddler is sporting? How about a photo of YOU (mama) snuggled up with your infant? Yep, I know you do.
Here we go:
Every day consists of so many to-dos that can continually yank us away from the things that TRULY matter. A family photo session allows you to carve out uninterrupted time with your favorite people. Stepping away from the distracting beeps & buzzes of technology encourages you to enjoy the present moments with your loved ones. That is where the magic happens!
2. Honor legacy.
Photos are amazing keepsakes to weave the story of your life. How much do you cherish looking through albums of your great grandparents when they were young? Those tattered photos were taken with intention. Make the choice to pass on a tapestry of beautiful images that will inspire future generations.
3. An experience.
You're not JUST paying for the images, you're investing in a fun, meaningful activity for you and your clan. Consider it an adventure for your children to add to their memory bank!
4. Freeze a moment in time.
This was hinted at earlier, but time is truly the most precious commodity we have. It keeps on ticking away regardless of our desire to hang onto the best stages of our lives. Document them. You will appreciate these memories more and more as you, your children, and your parents grow older.
5. Unexpected loss.
Sadly, family tragedies occur. Chronicling the key individuals in your life now will be so valuable to you when they are gone.
Sorry, friends, but the truth is that a professional photographer is far more capable of producing quality, emotive imagery than is your Aunt Sue with the latest iPhone.
7. Lovely decor in your home.
What better way to lay claim to your hilltop castle than to proudly showcase your family throughout its corridors?
Mom & dad, you're the ones behind the scenes ALWAYS snapping the photos of your family. Amiright, or am I right? I know, the last thing you want to do is have the focus on you. I hear it all the time. But, it's important! Parents, you guys need to be in the photos with your little people. Trust me, these snapshots will serve as a reminder of the love you and your youngsters share.
When you decide to hire a professional photographer to capture images of your family, you should have assistance with brainstorming the vision of the session, location scouting, determining your wardrobe and finally engaging you and your family with prompts to bring out the genuine interactions that will be caught on camera.
I absolutely LOVE family photography and would be honored to connect with you and yours!
"Andrea has been taking our photos over the last 7 years from engagement pictures to family fun sessions. She never ceases to amaze me with her innate talent. What I love most about her work is her ability to hone in on that spark of a moment at the perfect time, capturing the true spirit and personality of her subjects. Her pictures always tell a story!"
"Andrea has been my photographer on 2 occasions to capture a motherhood session with my twins and a larger family session with my parents and sisters. Both sessions have come out BEAUTIFULLY. She is very energetic, involved, and skilled with making sure the lighting, vibe, and connections are well seen within the photos. These will be pictures enlarged on the walls within my home!"
"Andrea is wonderful to work with. She makes you feel so comfortable and takes the most incredible shots. Her pictures are ones that our family will treasure for years!"
"Amazing photographer, always happy with the photos. So many good ones hard to choose your favorites! Would highly recommend."
"Andrea is the most easy going and fun photographer that we have worked with as a family. She interacts so well with kids and is able to catch the most naturally perfect photos of them. I would highly recommend Andrea to anyone, but especially if this is your first time doing professional photos. She makes the experience so enjoyable, not to mention the final products are flawless."
"Look no further for your family photographer, I only wish I got my priorities in order and worked with her sooner! Fairly priced, EXCELLENT quality, and so much fun to work with. I received SO many photos in my gallery and within 2 weeks time, WOW! Cannot wait until next years photo session."
"I don’t know how Andrea does it, but she’s truly amazing at capturing moments with such ease, and makes it so much fun! We have used Andrea for family photos on three different occasions and all have been incredible. She’s so adaptable to the situation; throughout one photo shoot she can be interactive and social to get the ideas and smiles flowing, yet also knows when to just sit back and capture the fun we’re having when the moments arise."