Why I Believe in Family Photography
This is all time favorite family photograph. This is my grandmother with my children about 14 years ago (My kids are now teenagers in high school and my oldest is about to go to college). It not perfect a perfect photo at all – but at this moment it shows how much she loved me by loving my kids, and it sums up how she always made me feel in one perfectly imperfect photograph.
She passed away a few years ago and she was my last living grandparent. She loved me unconditionally, like only your grandmother can, and I know she loved my kids. Giving her the gift of meeting my children (her great-grandchildren) was a blessing for both of us.
Family photographs are important. They remind of you who you are, and where you come from. They show you who your “tribe” is. They capture moments of love, moments of pain, silliness, excitement, and joy. They often remind us of our former selves. Family photos remind of who is important right now, and what is right in the world.
Yes there is a time and place for posed, staged “perfect” family photos. The ones that come on the Holiday cards and you see on Facebook.
But do those photos show you what it FEELS like to be loved? Like this photo of my grandmother with my kids as babies?
That is what I do. I give you the photos that show you and your kids what it felt like to be loved - what it felt like to be cared for, to be a part of a family, to be accepted unconditionally for who you are.
My photos may not be the images you want to put on Facebook or use for the Holiday card (although if you want to stand out from the crowd you should) - but in a year or two or ten you will look at them and treasure them differently. Because you will reminded of what it meant to love with your whole heart. That is the kind of family photography I create for you and why I believe in family photography.