As an Omaha photographer, I’m always thrilled with the folks who choose to “freeze time,” capture family history, and document the lives of their family and yet am equally amazed by the number of people who aren’t capturing their families ‘progress’ at least once a year on film. I can hear it already…”yes, but we take a lot of pictures on our smartphones!” I understand, my husband and I take a lot of ‘random’ shots of our girls on our smartphones, but I will guarantee you, none of them (even those that are ‘posed’) are of the quality that I’d allow on my wall. Have you ever tried to really blow up a smartphone picture? I mean, really blow it up, not just a 5”x7” or and 8”x10”, but something that you could display over your fireplace mantle or a similar large space. One of the other issues with ‘phone-pics’ is that not only are they typically not of the quality to go on the wall, very few of them ever make it off the phone. None of this is even dealing with the issue of ‘professional’ portraiture…things like, posing, timing, lighting, etc… these are all factors that make the ‘secret sauce’ for a photographer. So, all that being said, many of my clients agree that having family pictures taken regularly (at least annually) is a very important part of building their family story. There’s just something to be said for having a professional family picture that, years from now, when none of the kids look quite like they did then, makes us all remember how thankful we are for taking the time and having the portraits created. What a great way to be able to look back on wonderful times. Unfortunately, there’ll be a time for all of us when a portrait is the only remaining ‘physical’ memory we have of a loved one who’s passed on. As an Omaha photographer I will say unequivocally that family photography should be an important part of your family’s story. What an honor it is to be an Omaha family photographer, I treasure all the great friends I’ve made through my business. I feel so blessed to do what I do!
Remember…time is fleeting, make sure you capture history in the moment!