I think this is about my 15th try at getting this post “right”… let’s hope this one sticks!
On Friday, my dad was helping my mom get some stuff down from the attic. He was on the last rung of a ladder, when he lost his balance and fell backwards. The result, a compression fracture of his L2 vertebrae. This means LOTS of rest and idle time for him (something he’s not very good at!) and no lifting for 6-8 weeks. It’s also meant some serious thinking for me. I’ve always viewed my dad as being “indestructible” and while he’s always been a bit clumsy, this is the first time I can remember him being seriously injured. Despite his jovial nature, and the ability to “brush it off”, I know he’s in a considerable amount of pain… and there’s nothing I can do about it. This has been hard for me. My mind wanders to places I don’t like to go. I call it the land of “what ifs”. You know the place, it’s where you think of all the things that haven’t happened but might or that could have happened but didn’t. Not fun.
Then it got me to thinking about the last time I did family portraits for my whole family… which sadly was when Tehya was only about a month old, and she’ll be two next week! We’d already put a date on the calendar to make this happen when my dad fell, but now it’s even more important to me and here’s why.
I know that at some point, hopefully MANY, MANY years from now, my parents will no longer be with us. We will be left with our memories, some mementos and our photographs. This is the photograph that I took of them two years ago.
They haven’t changed much in that time, but our kids have. I want my kids to have record of the time they’ve spent with their grandparents. This is part of their family history. I know that if I don’t put a date and time on the calendar to get everyone together with clothing somewhat coordinated, a photograph simply won’t happen. Despite the fact that my family usually gets together once a month for dinner, these times are not documented… something I may need to change in the near future.
I also find that while I’m great at documenting the changes in my girls, there are precious few photographs of Eric and I with them. I know that part of this is because I feel self conscious about the way I look right now. I’m not as trim and fit as I would like to be, but I also know that in 5 years this won’t matter… but what will matter is if I’m missing from the fabric of photographs that make up my kids lives. This too will be changing.
So you’re all probably wondering what this has to do with the tip this week, well here it is. I know a lot of people hesitate to invest in having professional portraits taken. They can think of so many other things to spend their disposable income on and besides, they have a friend with a really great camera that can do it for free! My question for you is – are you actually going to do it and will you be happy with the end result?
When you hire a professional, you’re gaining their knowledge and expertise to create a lasting treasure. I know we work really hard to ensure we capture each individual’s personality in the photographs we create. We’re there to find where the light is right, that we photograph you from the most flattering angle and that everyone looks their best. When you book a time and date to make this happen, you’re also saying to your family that they are important to you and you want to invest in documenting the changes you see in them. So what’s stopping you?