It was Thanksgiving 2011 and my grandparents, parents, sister and I celebrated the holiday along with our husbands and young babies. We decided to do our own family photo session complete with tri-pod and remote. Decked out in our blue attire we went about capturing photos of each other. Little did we know that would be the last time we would all be together. That next fall my dad passed away after months of battling for his life after an aneurysm.
Family photos are so important and yet we sometimes take them for granted. We understand the importance of family pictures in the event someone passes, but we don’t think that it will happen to us for a long time. Then when that person is no longer around we will seek out their pictures to remember the good times. We remember our loved ones in these photos so that we can cope with the loss.
Through our photos we preserve the important events and people in our lives. We capture new babies, family reunions, kid’s first day of school, etc. Photographs are our personal story, a timeline of our lives filled with faces and places that we love. They are our story, which we can share with others. The hundreds of images come together to form a narrative of our lives. One day our grandchildren will ask to see pictures of the family and you’ll gladly pull out the album and show them what life was like back in the “olden days.”
Don’t wait till you lose the weight or till your body looks a certain way. Your kids and grandkids and great grandkids won’t look back on that photo and care one bit about how you look.
Book a family portrait session at least once a year to document life’s changes. Take advantage of the time you have together and get your portraits done. It is a sweet reminder of life together.