It is that time of year again.
Daylight savings time?
Well, yes, it’s the time of year for all of those things, but I was actually referring to being the time to take our yearly family portraits.
I expect my readers to fall into one of two categories here. The ones that have family portraits taken regularly and the ones who just groaned and said, “Oh man, she’s one of those people.”
It’s okay. I can take it. 🙂
I’m the driving force behind our family having pictures done every year.
And you know what they say about moms…
Whether they want to give it to me or not.
So for those of you who do have family pics taken regularly, pitch in here while I try to convince the other group why they should consider it.
Top reasons why you should have family photos done regularly
Oh, I know what your going to say. “My family doesn’t change that much from year to year.” That may be true, but we change every day and aren’t even aware of some of those changes. When I look back at our previous pictures, I’m actually surprised by the changes that occurred when I wasn’t looking.
I have two grown children and one who passed away several years ago. So two of my older children are no longer in our family portraits and one of them will be leaving the nest soon. As we get older, our lives change and the family that we can get in those pictures also changes.
Are you old enough to remember having family pictures taken with film cameras? Waiting for a week or several weeks to get them back only to find out that some of them didn’t come out good? The technology of photography is always changing. I, for one, am so glad to get higher definition family portraits that can be printed on demand and sent to family members digitally.
Storage options change
My kids love looking through the old photo books, but some of them are beginning to deteriorate with age. Scanning old photos is an option but it can be time consuming. With taking regular family pictures, it is not as detrimental if something happens because we have lots of pictures.
When I was little, we couldn’t afford to have family pictures done every year. The cost of a photographer and the printing were too high for our low income family. When we did manage to get a deal or an amateur photographer to take our picture, my mom took advantage of that and cherished those photos. Now that digital photography is around, it is a little more cost effective to have those portraits done.
I knew someone who hated, absolutely hated, to have her picture taken. Anytime you would get near her with a camera, she would hide her face. I know it’s hard to believe in our “selfie” world today, but we didn’t have many good photographs of her and I wish we did. She didn’t think that she was pretty, but that wasn’t my opinion. Now I see lots of pictures of her on the internet. Guess her opinion changed, but I wish it had been different back then. Which brings me to the final reason…
It’s really not about you
When I was little, I was in family pictures because that was what my mom wanted. I didn’t participate for me. I did it for her. My family lets me have family portraits, not because they love their pictures, but because I want them. That person who hated having her picture done? I wish that I had more pics of her. People working on their ancestry often lament the lack of family photographs. Some day when you are gone, there will be someone who will wish they had a good picture of you.
We don’t take family portraits every year because we are self absorbed, we take them to share our family with others.
I told my son that when I was gone he would be happy that I dragged him to have family pictures done every year. 🙂 Okay, maybe not happy, but someday (I hope) he will come to appreciate it the way that I came to appreciate my mom making us take them.
What about you?
Do you have family portraits done regularly?
If you do not, would you consider it?