Modern photography has introduced the habit of snap, cloud drive and often times forget what you shot! Mixed in the process is random sharing on social media networks, such as Facebook or Instagram. One thing is for sure, we’ve lost our ability to touch and feel the moments we are so desperately wanting to remember. We don’t print or frame our photos as much as we used to, therefore have lost a bit of the magic behind photography.
Today, I wanted to share my top three reasons why I believe getting yourself back in photos alongside your family is important for both you and your children.
If you’ve met me in person you know, I am sensitive (in a sentimental way!) and love the beauty of being in the moment. If you’ve worked with me before, you also know I am an art of observation photographer, I guide and never pose. I do this because, I believe heirloom photos need to tell a story of the people in them. If you are relaxed and candid then your personality shines! Most people are shocked at how smooth and easy a session with me can be because I apply this approach. The truth is being yourself always feels natural ;)
Let’s dive into my three reasons as to why photos are important for your family.
Photos Boost Self - Esteem
Studies have proven that seeing images of ourselves gives us a sense of belonging. Children feel it ten folds, as they are searching for how the world around them works. I am sure you’ve witnessed just how much little ones love looking in the mirror and get all giddy at their expressions! Psychologist call this self love, where our confidence meets our understanding of who we are. Framing family moments around the house also gives you an instant uplifting mood, what a great way to start off the day!
Getting Everyone In The Photo
There is always one person who takes all the photos! In my experience its always MOM ;) Therefore, there are almost zero photos of her in family events, vacations and even daily household memories. I am guilty of this too! Just recently, my son discovered our family albums had me missing, it broke my heart. Investing in someone else to do the work is priceless, because your family needs you alongside them. Your little ones want to see you with them, you are their sense of security and their sign of love. Don’t ever give yourselves reasons to be out of the frame, with most common reasons being, my hair is not done, I need to loose weight or I am not feeling pretty enough. Your kids don’t see or care for any of these, they see love, love and more love with you alongside them.
Making Photos Fun and Memorable
Working with a professional makes the process of taking photos more fun and memorable. Really?! Yes, really! Professionals are trained, also have a ton of experience with working with children and can make the process feel fun for them! There is a also a neutral eye in the mix that can see the little connections between everyone a lot more clearly, and they can capture that beauty for you that you may often miss.
Friends, family is the most valuable thing in our lives and I truly believe that everyone should have an opportunity to update their family photos yearly.
Below is a link to a special short session event I am hosting July 20th and 21st 2019 outdoors in Barrhaven! Its for ALL: couples, young families, older families, bring your pet along, everyone’s welcomed. Questions? Feel free to connect via email me by using the contact form on my site. Ready to book :) Follow the link below and choose a time slot and I will email you a confirmation!
Whatever you decide, get in more photos with your family this Summer and enjoy the everyday bliss!
Irina Fortey is an Ottawa and Toronto Documentary Photographer.
Capturing your everyday in the most beautiful way, candidly and unscripted.