Month: August 2015

The Importance of Family Portraits

I hear this every summer and fall – “We really need to do family photos. We will, one of these days.” Well-intentioned, family-loving people. I know where they’re coming from. Life happens. Life is busy. Things are hectic. Not everyone is on board (husbands, teenagers). It’s a process. Who has time to schedule it, make it happen, and have everyone looking like they’re happy and having fun? Sound familiar? Well, this summer I attended two funerals. I don’t do well at these things. I’m as sappy as they come, and when it’s someone you cared about, it’s super tough. And even if it’s someone I never knew, just watching the family grieve can be almost unbearable. But one thing that really bothered me about one of the services, in particular, was the very poor image they had of the woman. It was blurry, poorly lit, and very outdated. She was in her 40’s, but it had probably been taken over 15 years ago. No real family photo with her 4 children. No good headshot. No …

That Sibling Bond

I think it’s funny how young children can see old photos of their parents or older siblings, way before they “were a twinkle” and their question is always, “where was I?”  They want to know how they fit in, and they can’t imagine a universe in which they did not exist – usually as the center of attention.  That’s just a normal part of their development. So when I have the opportunity to capture that sibling bond, it’s so much fun.  I love the way he grabs his little toes! What I love about this session is that 15-20 years from now, he will not believe he how little he was, that he was just this little, drooly bundle of giggles that fit on her lap.  By then, he’ll probably tower over her.  But he’ll always be her little brother that she feels protective over.Although he feel just as unsure of her hugging on him like that in front of people! 😉