The Importance of Generational Family Portraits | Lawrenceville, GA Family Photography
I have one grandparent, my mother's mother, left, and it is starting to hit home how important it is to include grandparents in family sessions. Shortly after posting a preview of this session on my photography Facebook page, I received a little message from a previous client (see their family session here). She wrote:
It was about a year ago that you came and took family portraits for us. They included six of our children, one of our daughters in law, and my parents and their little dog, Mr. Happy. My mother passed away unexpectedly in March, and poor Mr. Happy is gone now, too. I am so thankful to have these beautiful photos of the people I love... you captured each person so perfectly. Thank you, darling girl. You are such a wonderful blessing to those in front of your lens and those who share in the results of your loving creativity.
After reading those words, I sat in silence for awhile, humbled by her thankfulness and so incredibly shocked by what I was able to provide for her. Often, I get wrapped up in making a living, and trying to be "successful," and I lose sight of the meaning behind what I do.
I remember that session. It was filled with joy and laughter and silliness as all family sessions should be. This session was much like that too. The little girl, full of imagination and wonder, spinning stories of enchanted forests as we walked from one photo spot to the next. The parents, laughing and cooing to their sweet little 1 year old boy, and the grandparents, knowing just how to make the children laugh and delighting in their silliness.
You guys, family sessions are powerful, and they are important, and they are eternal. They are a time for play and love and being yourself with the people that matter most to you.
And I really want to make that happen for those of you who have never had a family session, or are afraid to book another one because your kids didn't stand still for more than 5 seconds.
Let's celebrate the fidgiting and the need to explore and pretend and roll on the ground in belly-aching laughter. Let's celebrate HOW MUCH your parents love your children and you and the generations they still get to witness grow year after year.
Go ahead, and send me an email at photosayshello[at]gmail.com and we can start planning your session. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.