it’s so easy to forget the importance of taking the time to capture family time. it’s very easy to avoid bringing a camera (other than the one that comes with a cell phone) along to events when family is visiting. (and even if you do bring one–of course someone has to be taking the photos and therefore that person will not be in the photos…) the most common thing i hear people say is “we’ll take a group photo later or tomorrow“…but then tomorrow’s photo plan gets forgotten and the visit ends with nothing being documented. or in another scenario–the only photo memories taken were on a phone which didn’t get downloaded or even accidentally got deleted before a print ever got ordered.
i’m a professional photographer and this has all happened to me. and i am willing to guess that something similar has happened to just about all of us.
we live in an age where capturing photos is easier than ever. our phones are are daily companion and we get into the mind set that a quick snap is all we need. but is it? even the most recent phones (well maybe not the newest ones…which i haven’t really experimented with) still take mediocre photos at best. sure they look great on the phone itself but when you try and print them they are often grainy, blurry and disappointing.
i applaud all families who recognize that family gatherings are celebrations that need to be documented by a professional family photo session. it’s a small investment in time and money– with ten-fold gains. as a matter of fact, our family hires a professional photographer annually as well.
the purpose of this session was to create prints to surprise parents for an anniversary gift. but our session went longer and we took the time to capture many different family combinations which made the gift even more special.
the light was perfect on this early colorado summer morning, our time together brief but poignant, and the edited images are now forever preserved memories of a lovely family gathering. now these are images that will be shared and enjoyed for years to come.