I have had so many people tell me lately that they need family photos taken this year because they haven’t had them done in a while. Please, please with sugar on top, DO IT. We had our family photos taken 3 times within a year (4 if you count maternity); yes that may be a bit excessive but now that Jim has passed I am SO happy we did. Never once did I regret spending the money to capture our family together. In fact, I regret that I didn’t get more photos! I wish I would have had hired someone to do the birth of Gavin and his newborn photos (I did those myself but never got a photo of the 3 of us). I believe it is so important to do this for yourself. It’s an investment that is worth every penny.
Photo taken by your truly
Now if you are one of those people who don’t want to be in front of the camera for whatever the reason, please just be in front of the camera. Don’t wait until you loose those 10 pounds because that may take a while and life is too short to wait. Your kids are not going to care that you had that extra weight on you at that time, instead they will appreciate those family photos when they are older. I have several photos around the house of my late husband Jim and my son who is 16 months now (tear) will take the frame holding a picture of daddy and kiss it daily. It’s part of our routine now. What if your spouse passed away tomorrow and the last time you had photos taken was 4 years ago? Would you regret not having a recent photo of you guys together? We had our last family photos taken one month prior to Jim’s passing. I am so appreciative that we had that done. Even though Jim didn’t particularly like getting photos taken of him, he was pretty used to it by this point since I had my “big” camera out everyday.
Photo by Sarah-Beth Photography
1. Hire a professional photographer to get your family photos done and soon.
2. Take advantage of mini sessions anytime they are offered.
3. Make it your personal goal to get your family photos taken at least once a year.
4. Book it ahead of time. A lot of the good photographers can book up very quickly throughout the year.
5. Do your research. Check out the photographer’s blog, website, Facebook fan page, Twitter, etc. Look at reviews and recommendations – these are usually on the photographer’s website and Facebook fan page.
6. Take time to pick out your outfits. I send all of my clients a “What to Wear Guide”.
7. Remember, this is an investment. Family photos are so important to have.
Maternity photos taken by Sarah-Beth Photography
Gavin’s 3 month photos taken by Sarah-Beth Photography
Gavin’s 6 month photos taken by Kimberly Reid Photography (lifestyle session)
Gavin’s 1 year photos taken by Sarah-Beth Photography in November 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013 – Jim’s funeral. Photos taken by Sarah-Beth Photography
Bottom line: get those photos schedule TODAY. You never know when it might be your last family photos taken.