Each year, I create family portraits for clients throughout southern KY. Often, I wonder, “Why don’t families get/create family portraits? ”
Is it money? Is it lack of time/planning? Is it changes in the dynamics of the family?
A quality family portrait becomes an heirloom almost over night. As life changes us and kids grow up, we change and our memories become priceless. We lose people, we gain people… we age and our memories become less reliable!
At the holidays, we sit with the people we love and the words “Remember when…” start conversations. Happy memories, funny stories, and silly tales are the very fabric of our lives together and paint pictures in our minds. The Family Photo on the wall is a tangible, permanent memento of a period of our lives. A family wall portrait is an anchor in a room and in our homes. Did you know that studies indicate that children who grow up in a home filled with pictures of themselves and family feel more grounded, more secure and more loved? I remember when we were growing up, pulling out family albums filled with trips and events and listening to the stories my mother and brothers told. These stories led to more stories and painted my memories with love. Our family isn’t perfect– we fight, hug, we laugh, we cry– together.
This year, we celebrated weddings and many many pictures were taken. Next year will be new and different. The Studio will likely (very likely) move and that will bring changes, too. From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, too!