WHY FAMILY PORTRAITS ARE SO IMPORTANT | BRITTNEY NESTLE PHOTO | MARYLAND PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER
My new show/Netflix binge has been "Parenthood". Anyone watch that show? Sheesh, it's so good! "Parenthood" focuses on family - the good, the bad, the ugly, the chaos, the laughter, the love. And after I stopped ugly-crying and cleaned up all my tissues, it got me thinking. So much of our life is filled with our family. They're our companions through life's up and downs. They know what we like and what we hate. They drive us crazy but they're ours. At the end of the day, they're the people who love us the most, flaws and all.
So why does it seem like family portrait sessions aren't important?
YOU DESERVE TREASURED MEMORIES.
I've heard people say "We don't have time for family portraits", "we need to lose weight", "we'll just use our phones."
Let's be real - as much as I understand hectic schedules, physical insecurities, and that camera phones have nearly phased out point + shoot cameras, these are all excuses.
There aren't many things in life that are as important as your memories - your legacy. The time that you "don't think you have" is fleeting. That personal goal doesn't need to hold you back. And that selfie isn't like having a candid portrait of everyone laughing together as they bond for a big awkward group hug. There's something special about gathering family together for a special day set aside just for capturing them.
Ask yourself, have you ever come across old photos of your family? That real life time-travel feeling? That's what your grand kids deserve to feel when they're growing up and starting to appreciate where they came from.
I can't tell you how many times I've photographed a family and have seen the photos we've taken together make their house a home because their story is framed on the walls. The photos document a family in the realness of that past moment - no matter what chaos they may have been going through. They celebrated how far they've come, they reminisced about that first house with the lopsided swing set, they laughed over their kids' missing front two teeth. They enjoyed that time of just being themselves and being together.
PUT YOUR MEMORIES IN THE HANDS OF A PROFESSIONAL.
I have two old friends I met through church youth group when I was about 18. They were married and eventually had a son and then a daughter. When I started getting into photography, they reached out to me and for the past 5 years we've gotten together twice a year, every year for their regular family sessions. They love my candid style and trust me enough to capture their family just as they are. I tell the kids to make silly faces, for them to run, dance, explore and the result - genuine memories. Not these stuffy "say cheese"-matchy-matchy-cold-photo-studio memories. Authentic laughter, sass, and love.
Here's a quote from them -- "We look forward to each session and are always excited to see the results. She always let's my kids be their crazy selves, and their personality shines in each of the more than 1,000 pictures she's taken of our family."
See what they said there? "We look forward to each session". This has become a tradition in their family because of the awesome experience they have each time! They've seen the real value their sessions hold and how important they are.
LOVE YOUR FAMILY - LOVE YOUR PHOTOS.
No matter how far I've come in my career or with my business, I've never thought of giving up photographing family portraits. They are one of my absolute favorite things to capture and getting to meet crazy loving and hilarious families is a total bonus. If you haven't invested in a family portrait session recently, or ever, I highly encourage you to take the leap and let your family make some wonderful memories together.
If you'd like to talk more, check out my PORTRAIT PAGE for booking information. I'd love to document your family story.