Get in there!
A couple of weeks ago our family watched the movie, “We Bought a Zoo.” It was a sad and mostly sweet story about a grieving family. I’ll admit I needed tissues. The scene that affected me the most was when one of the characters was looking at old photographs and allowed himself to remember and begin to heal. It really moved me and clarified some things for me.
This is it, why I do what I do. Why I don’t spend time like I used to on still life and nature photography. I still love those things. I just don’t feel an urgency to document them the way I feel about people. The most technically perfect, beautifully composed photo of a flower can not compare to a photo, even a snapshot, of a loved one.
On Easter Sunday I had the privilege of providing family photography for my church, CrossPointe Church to help serve our community in a new location, Aldie, VA. When I started my portrait business I believed I wanted to focus on child photography. But as I started photographing more and more families, I’ve become passionate about family portraits, about having a preserved memory of our loved ones gathered together. I want to encourage you to take every opportunity to get those photos of your family when they are all together.
So who’s missing in your family photos? If you’re the person in your family always taking the holiday, birthday party, and vacation photos while avoiding the camera, please, hand the camera to someone else and get in there with your kids. Your kids will want those pictures. It’s not worth waiting until you get that haircut…new clothes…just need to put some makeup on …lose a few pounds…whatever. Don’t let those things stop you from giving your kids the gift of you!
I was glad to see so many families take advantage of the Easter photos and this mom with her two daughters is one of my favorites photos of the day! Gorgeous family
Here are two from my personal treasure box. Me with my beautiful Mom and me walking around Delhi with my daughter.