because Real Simple said so!

Saw this article from Real Simple on another photog’s blog, and thought I’d pass it along.  Hmmmm…what do you think? I wasn’t “in” to photography when my kids were born, but looking back, oh, how I wish I had some professional pictures taken of them as newborns.  Time passes too quickly and even though I thought I had a decent camera and some ability, my snapshots just don’t quite cut it.  I missed so many details.  Even more so, I wish I had even thought to have a photographer present at the births of my children.  My poor mom tried so hard, but she was too emotional and most of our pictures (and there are very few) are so blurry.  Makes me kinda sad to have missed capturing the two most miraculous days I’ve ever experienced.

Mar 3, 2008 5:08:00 PM
Note To Self
Get Professional Photos of Your Children

Professionalcamera2I’ve never forgotten an invaluable piece of advice that I heard from an older friend right after my first child was born. She told me, “One of my greatest regrets about my children’s childhoods was that I didn’t have more professional pictures taken.”“You didn’t take many pictures?” I asked.“I took tons of pictures,” she said, “but the fact is, professional photographs are so much better than even the best snapshots.”I absolutely agree—professional photos are better. And keeping her advice in mind, ever since my daughters were born, I’ve been zealous about getting their photos taken professionally at least once a year. While it’s a lot of fun (and also a pain) to take pictures myself, it’s terrific to have some pictures that are truly excellent. These photos don’t take the place of the on-the-spot pictures that I take myself—I still take scads of photos at birthday parties, first days of school, on the slide, with a popsicle—but these pictures memorialize my children’s childhoods in a different way.Plus they make great family gifts. I can never figure out a good present for the grandparents and great-grandparents, but they always love to get a really great photograph—especially the relatives who don’t often get a chance to see the girls in person.

Also, research shows that one way to boost your happiness is to reflect on happy times, and looking at photographs helps keep memories more vivid.

It’s a splurge, of course. Professional photos aren’t cheap.

However, I figure that the money I spend on these photographs will strengthen family bonds, enhance happy memories, and capture the fleeting moments of childhood. They give me more pleasure than practically any other purchases that I make. That strikes me as pretty good happiness bang for the buck.

A friend’s family had another great photography tradition. For her whole life, at every milestone, her parents took a picture of her and her brother sitting exactly the same way on their front stoop. It’s fascinating to see them change through the years. Along the same lines, the artist Nicholas Nixon took a photograph of his wife and her three sisters once a year for 33 years. The collection of these photographs, The Brown Sisters, is riveting.

Getting professional photos take is a great example of the tiresome fact that happiness takes thought and effort. These photographs are easy to arrange; in the scheme of things, not terribly expensive; contribute greatly to our family happiness—and yet it probably never would have occurred to me to do it if my friend hadn’t suggested it.

As seen on Ashley’s Blog ;-). 

4 Responses to “ because Real Simple said so! ”

  1. Caitlin Domanico Photography Says:

    I love this article and just linked to you and stole it:)

  2. Maria Says:

    This is so true. I can’t tell you how much joy your pictures of our children and family have brought us already. Even more special, seeing the expression of our parents and grandparents to receiving photos of the children is just priceless. I feel as if we are creating a little piece of history through these photos and books that will be passed down to our kiddos and their own children, seeing us as we all were at our best. Thank you so much for that.

  3. meredith Says:

    Amen! worth every penny in our book.

  4. Michele Says:

    Oh, I wanted to add, even though I am a “professional” (I still can’t quite say that without giggling a little bit), I really should hire someone else to photograph my kiddos. I think someone else would see things differently from me and probably get a better response than “Moooooooom! Nooooooooooo!”

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