When was the last time that you had photographs taken of your entire family? Has it been more than a year? Maybe you’ve never had a professional family photography session.
Here are five reasons to consider yearly family photos.
#1 – Yearly photos document change
Families change and grow so quickly. You may have gained a new family member through birth or marriage. And it really is true that kids change in the blink of an eye.
Having yearly family photos allows you to capture all that change and growth. Over the years, our family has grown from six to seven to eight. And with our oldest son getting married in December, we will soon be a family of nine! I love being able to document that growth.
#2 – Yearly photos are a legacy to be passed on to future generations
Yearly photos aren’t just for the here and now. They become the legacy that you pass on to your children and grandchildren. Every family has a story, and if that story isn’t documented, it will be forgotten. Photographs are an excellent way to ensure that your story gets passed on to the next generation.
#3- Yearly photos ensure that everyone gets in the photo
I have thousands, and I mean thousands, of photos of my children. But I have far fewer photos of my children with me. That’s because I’m always the one behind the camera.
Are you the person in your family that is always documenting your family but never ending up in the photo? Having a professional family photography session every year ensures that you are in the photos. When your children are grown with children of their own, they are going to want to see photos of themselves with you.
#4 – Yearly photos can be used to create beautiful art
What better way to decorate the walls of your home or office than with photographs of those you love the most? My walls are covered in images that I’ve taken of my family and my travels. Every photograph is a memory, and I’m instantly transported back to that moment when I look at an image.
#5 – Yearly photos are good for your children
Studies have shown that children who see family photos displayed in their homes have higher self-esteem. Cathy Lander-Goldberg, a licensed clinical social worker and professional photographer from St. Louis, Missouri, says, “Photographs send the message that our family and those in it are important to one another, and we honor the memories we have experienced.”
A 1975 Tulane study showed that 4th graders who saw and handled photographs of themselves had a 37% increase in self-esteem behaviors.
It also turns out that printed images that children can see and touch have a greater impact on a child’s confidence than digital images.
I also make it super easy to schedule yearly sessions with my Legacy Membership. Members who pay a low monthly fee enjoy a yearly session, along with other perks. And the best part is the membership fee never changes as long as you remain a member.
Leigh Ann – Your Berkeley, CA, Family and Newborn Photographer, serving perfectly imperfect families. And remember, I serve families throughout the Bay Area.
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