Now’s the time!
As a living thing, we maneuver through life while never really knowing when the time will run out. I say that not to scare you but to remind us (me included) that time is fleeting. We can place a call on hold or pause a movie, but we can’t pause time or life. If we’re lucky we have our family to share those moments as long as possible. The good, bad, or indifferent.
Why you should make time for a family portrait.
A unit of living things that make up your unique family. Mother, father, child(ren), a friend(s), partner, fur baby. Those extra special people join together to be the heartbeat of your family. Does that mean blood-related? Absolutely not, and that’s amazing! Values of a family member: appreciated, grateful for, comfort & sense of loyalty, genuine, selfless. As Bruno Mars would say “I’d catch a grenade for ya”.
Objections we hear.
Objections why people can’t do a portrait session right now, and the harsh reality.
- I want to lose some weight first.
- Completely understandable, but what if next year you’re still not at your target weight? And the year after that? Your family loves you for you.
- Remember each lifetime has a different length. You’re never guaranteed tomorrow.
- Our dog(s) are too crazy. You’ll never get a decent shot.
- After a decade in the business, we have never had someone not invest in an heirloom because the quality isn’t there.
- We’re just too busy.
- The hard reality is if you value and see the importance of it you’ll make the time.
- We don’t have the wall space.
- No problem. We offer exquisite albums. They save space without compromising the quality of your family heirloom.
- If you owned the Mona Lisa would you find a space on your wall for it?
- My dog needs to stay on a leash.
- As do most dogs. We’re masters of concealing a leash and if something needs to be edited in post-production we do it.
You’re probably saying to yourself “Danyel, do you have a point, and are you getting to it anytime soon?” Yes, I am and here it is! Aside from creating beautiful artwork for clients, my ultimate goal is to protect them from future regret. That emotional state involves blaming yourself wishing we could undo a previous choice we made. Like not making time for family portraits.
*Disclaimer* I’m not saying family portraits need to be done often.
We have 18 summers to make memories with our kids. Studies show that by the time our children leave the nest you’ve already spent 85-90% of your face-to-face time with your kids. Does that freak you out as it did me? It makes sense if you think about it but still.
As a newer Emptynester I will tell you the first 18 years will go by so fast and the things that used to drive you crazy you will eventually miss. What eases my mind is in 2014 I made sure we did a family portrait that summer. I look at those images every day and admire what a beautiful family I have. No regrets!
I’d suggest, if you haven’t already, take the time to invest in your family portrait BEFORE your first child leaves the nest (X marks the spots on the timeline). It will save you from significant regret.
It’s well known our fur babies do not stay on Earth nearly long enough. It’s their biggest flaw really. Even so, animal portraits tend to be more of want versus need. That is until it…
If you love your dogs like we do I’d suggest setting up an appointment with a pet photographer around the age of 2. Immortalize their life and get them photographed in their prime. I promise you, it will keep you from regrets in the future.
Don’t forget to continue following the blog circle. Up next is Angela Schneider of Big White Dog Photography, profiling a Spokane dog trainer