From time to time we all think that we need to get family photos taken but we are terrible about remembering, something always seems to get in the way. As a photographer, I am the worst at this. I have never been great about getting personal photographs taken, I love to be behind the lens watching the emotions and the story unfold before my eyes and to capture every minute of it for my amazing clients. My realization on this happened a few months back when my husband needed a family photo of the three of us and the only one that I could find was three years old when our daughter was six months old and it was taken at Sears.
At that point I realized I have memories and stories of so many happy families filling my computer and hard drives. I have hundreds of images of my daughter Hannah, and pictures of Hannah with her father but other than the occasional cell phone photo, it doesn’t look like I exist. Then it hit me, if the un-thinkable were to happen to me tomorrow my daughter would have no way of remembering the way her mother looked. She wouldn’t remember all the amazing times that we have had together, or the most important thing… that I love being her mother and spending every minute with her.
I have been blessed to be a photographer and a stay at home mom to our amazing little girl. So when I realized there were no images of us as a family, I made sure that was going to change. Shortly after this realization I was going to be second shooting a wedding for the amazingly talented Elyse Alexandria Photography from Northern California and Elyse would be staying with my family and me. I asked Elyse if she would do me the great honor of photographing my family, which she did and the photographs below are some from that session, which I have edited with Elyse’s permission. I have also decided that I am going to make sure we have our family photos professionally taken every six months.
This doesn’t mean that you must have professional photographs taken; it is about just taking photos in general. Whether it is the mom or the dad there is always one parent who doesn’t really want to be photographed for one reason or another, for instance; one of the parents might not be happy with how they look, or don’t think they have a good smile, or they have put on a few extra pounds, or just simply because they don’t enjoy having their pictures taken. I completely understand all of these and most of them are true for me as well. But my memories and stories can be passed on to my daughter and they are far more important to me then how I am feeling self-consciously.
None of us know how long we have to grace this earth, don’t you want your family and children to remember every minute that you are with them? Whether it is 5, 10, 15 or however many years from now I can tell you that they are not going to be able to remember how you smiled when you would laugh, or the silly faces you would make when you don’t understand what you are doing, and they won’t remember how beautiful you were when you are just loving the people around you and most importantly they will have a hard time just remembering any of the little details.
It does not matter if the photo was taken from a cell phone camera, point and shoot camera, a dslr on a tripod, a friend who you asked to take the photos, or a professional photographer, what matters is that you get the photos taken. I am so thankful that even though I may not be the happiest about how I look I want to remember my family and the way we are right now, because if this is all I get I don’t want to forget any of it!
Please take the time and capture those moments before those moments have passed you by!
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