There’s been more than one occasion that I’ve heard my friends talk about their pictures with regret and it completely breaks my heart. There is so much in life that is regrettable – dating the wrong guy, trying a bad hairstyle, choosing salad over soup – and pictures should never be one of them. If you’ve followed me for awhile now, you know how I feel about pictures being the story of our lives. I understand that having pictures taken isn’t the same as it was 100 years ago. Everything we do now is documented so it makes it seem not as important. The reality is that we don’t know the importance of pictures until it’s all we have left.
I also understand everyone is a photographer and you can choose from any number of people to take your pictures. What’s important to remember is, make sure the pictures you have taken are what you want to look to years down the road. Are you going to care how pretty they are? Or are you going to care that you remember the details – the laughs, the wispy hair, the missing teeth – of how life is at this exact moment?
Figure that out then don’t live in regret. If you want life’s moments, then make sure you get those and choose someone you trust can capture that. Kinda like how I was able to capture this family. This session was taken over a year ago and still remains one of my favorite sessions I’ve done. Prior to this session, and all my sessions, I had a chat with Mom to find out a little bit more about this incredible family. These are the things that helped drive the session. When she said that they love hanging out on the porch and playing in the yard, I knew that’s exactly what we were going to do. She told me about one of her sons who is full of ideas and has strong faith, a daughter is joyful and spontaneous, and her marriage is a strong teamwork. I was able to look for those things and all the other things we talked about, during our session.
Seeing all seven of them smile with pure joy as they passed their pictures around is exactly why I do what I do. And choosing a photographer who knows the importance of capturing your family’s unique personality will guarantee you’ll never have to regret your pictures.