Imagine that 3 months before your 21st birthday your Dad passes away... He had cancer and although it was expected, how quickly it happened certainly wasn't. One minute he went into hospital for the doctors to try and get some calories into him and the next he was gone. Imagine pouring over albums in the months following and remembering him and the times you shared. The holidays, the birthdays, the Christmases. Imagine the sinking feeling in your gut when you thought about the wedding photos he would never be in and the images of squishy newborn grandkids wrapped in wrinkled hands that would never come to be. That was me 11 years ago and that is why I am so passionate about family photography.
Losing my Dad at an early age certainly made me realise a few things. Time is not infinite and tomorrow is by no means guaranteed. If you were to pass tonight in your sleep what legacy would your children have of you? What memories would they have to look back on? This is a huge part of why we hire a photographer every year to take our own family photos. Being the one that is usually behind the camera, this gives me the opportunity to be in a few images with my family too. It also allows me to prepare a time capsule for my children of us, a memory they will have of this time in their lives long after I am gone.
Yes I know you might have a few kilograms to lose, I do too. Yes I know that the kids may act up, trust me, mine know all the tricks. Yes I know your partner isn't a huge fan of the camera, mine doesn't love it either. I know you have a whole bunch of reasons in your mind as to why it is too hard to have family photos taken but you know what, none of that actually matters. Sorry, it really doesn't.
As it is with all things in life, my passion for family photography, and more specifically lifestyle family portraiture, stems from my own life experiences. I relish in real life moments and aim to capture those for you in my work. I don't need to tell you how quickly children change. Our last family photos were a meer 8 months ago and already my daughter has changed in so many ways. The images of my boys 4 years ago barely resemble them now. You already know all that stuff though, you see it in your own kids every day.
When was the last time you had your family photo's taken? When was the last time you were even in a photo with your family, professional or not? What is holding you back? I urge you all to book in your family photos with a photographer this year. It really is that important. Give your children the gift of memories. I am thankful I was given that gift.