Remember those family reunion portraits I took over Memorial Day weekend? (blog post HERE) Jonathan is one of Jill’s siblings and he and his wife Sarah requested a few quick couple portraits after the other photos were done and I couldn’t refuse. Making time for couple portraits is a huge priority for me!
I believe that it’s so important for couples to get photos with just each other, even after children come along! Last week I did a session with my sister-in-law and her family. (blog post here) The last time they had had professional couple photos was their wedding 10 years earlier! It’s tough – life gets busy and kids become the focus (or so I’ve been told) but if you have the opportunity, even 5 or 10 minutes during a family session – do it! It’s so important for your kids to see your love for each other and many years from now these photos and the memories will be all they have left!
It’s easy to put it off. There are a myriad of “more important” things. Life is busy, you’d like to lose a few pounds first, unexpected expenses come up. Ladies, the body image struggle is real. I hate how I look in photos and I haven’t even had kids. Here’s the thing. Three of my four grandparents passed away before I was 5. All I have to get to know them by are photos and my parents memories of them. When I look at those images, I can promise you that “wow grandma could have afforded to lose a few pounds” NEVER ONCE entered my head. Do you know what I think about when I see photos of my grandparents as my parents knew them? I wonder what the story behind the photo is. And I ask. Some of them were posed, some taken on family vacations. My dad has told some really special stories about his parents, but only after being prompted by a photograph.
Sometimes I think that we think of having photographs taken and we think of that act as selfish or self-centered. While I suppose they can be, the reason photography was invented was to freeze moments and to tell stories for future generations. To remember. Photographs (both scheduled and in-the-moment), are an integral part of the storytelling process and those stories, both macro and micro, impact future generations!
You’ll never regret having too many photos of loved ones (and yourself with them), but you’ll always regret not having enough!