All posts tagged: family photographer

How Often Should We Do Family Portraits?

How often should you do family portraits?  Well, the simplest answer is every year.  But some people go all out for their family photographs – large wall pieces, heirloom albums, and the works.  Their family portraits actually become part of the home’s decor.  And that can be quite an investment.  So is the expectation to do that every year? No.  While it’s great to track the family through the years, there are some years that the kids don’t change all that much.  For those times, it’s recommended to still have an annual family portrait – but keep it simple with smaller print packages.  Maybe you change out one of the framed prints on the wall, and a handful of images around the house on end tables, or on the mantle. So how do you know when family portraits should be updated in a big way? Here are a few simple guidelines to your family portrait updates: When you have a new addition to the family. Every year the first 5 years is a good guideline, …

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 It was blurry, poorly lit, and very outdated.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 …


  I had the pleasure of meeting Santa before his usual stops on Christmas Eve!  The children’s reactions to him was awesome!  This little girl and her sis just kept touching him and then grinning as if they couldn’t believe they were with THE. REAL. SANTA!  It was precious!This little guy had several heart-to-hearts with Santa, and kept hugging Santa and wishing Santa a Merry Christmas.  So sweet!  Santa even brought a super adorable service puppy for one of the children! This little girl was just in awe of Santa when he first arrived.  That’s mom in the back – storing this moment in the memory bank, I’m sure. 🙂And, of course, the big kids had to get in on some of the fun.  I had a little chat with Santa, and I have it on good authority that 2015 is going to be a great year!  Happy New Year!  🙂