As the years pass, and my children grow I see more and more the importance of photos of my family. I have this beautiful wall I hung this summer above my desk that has a selection of my favorite family photos from over the years. Now, when I first started hanging photos in my home it was of the girls. Big, HUGE photos of their smiling faces. And, yes, I do still have those. But, what I treasure most are the photos of us together.
I love the one of Lee throwing 5 month old Will in the air, our family portrait of just our feet all in converse chuck taylors (with little bitty black converse for Mr. Will), my girls kissing newborn Will or their embrace at age 1 and 2 on the front steps of our home. I love the ones of all of us together smiling, laughing and big snuggles all around. I cherish all of my photos and love watching my family “grow” all on one wall.
Here is our favorite photo from our family session last Fall. Now, admittedly, it isn’t my Mom’s favorite. She wants a photo of all of us looking and smiling at the camera. So, she has that one framed. But, this, this is my favorite. Us, huggin it out, lovin’ and snugglin’. Perfect for what I want to remember.
And, look at how much the kiddos had changed from the year before. Look at those baby curls that are now gone…wah!!! Even my girls look so much younger.
And, as frustrated as I was when this next one was taken, I love it now. Poor Willie just wasn’t having it. No photos please!! But, man it is a cute photo. My girls smiling huge, him mouth wide open wailing. Not sure if I would love it more if it had turned out “perfect” as I had envisioned.
I think this is why I love family photography so much now. Even in a children’s session I encourage parents to come dressed to be photographed, just in case we want to snap a few images of them holding, loving their children. It is so important. And, as the years pass, those images will hold more and more value.
I had the opportunity to photograph a wonderful, beautiful, love filled family just a few weeks ago. I first photographed them just months ago as they welcomed baby number four to their family.
And, now just few months later, with lots of fun and energy at the park…
What kind of family image do you want to capture?