It's no secret that photography, hired photography, is a luxury item. It is not a must have, or a necessity (unless you are me!). It is something that is not typically on the TOP of people's priority lists. Then factor in realities we face like - needing new tires, a water heater going on the fritz or even your kids sports and let's face it ... photos get shuffled to the bottom of the list and you find yourself saying "we will just take some good ones ourselves!"
And don't get me wrong, you probably CAN take good ones of yourselves. Heck, I've even mastered the family #selfie which is honestly, my "go to" family photo. And those ARE good photos. And my firm belief is ANY photo captured, IS A GOOD PHOTO.
But I'd urge you to consider photography as an INVESTMENT. Out of all of the goods we purchase, some frequently (um, hair color/style anyone???), THIS ONE LASTS FOR ETERNITY. You really cannot say that about your hair color, eyebrow wax, water heater, new clothes and more. Photos DO live forever. They are the only tangible item that shows a record of your history. They are the physical proof you lived and loved and enjoyed your family. They are often the ONLY PROOF that Mom is not a fictional character behind the photos -- she gets IN THEM TOO!
In May, I made a HUGE investment in my family. For over 10 years I'd watched the career of Tara Whitney soar. I had known her through the scrapbooking world and always admired her style, ease and photography. I knew she was my "bucket list" photographer. It was expensive. And I'd be LYING if I said I didn't think bout canceling or pushing back, simply because of the money. I had just decided to invest in myself, by opening a studio. Money was a bit scarce and I had to scrimp and save for these photos.
Some might think this is LUDICROUS. But I can tell you with every fiber of my being that I TREASURE THEM and it was worth every single penny. It was such a luxury for me NOT to be taking the photos...for me NOT to be coaxing my kiddos into doing what I ask...to BE in the photo in the way I desire-authentic and real. In addition, seeing YOUR life from another persons PERSPECTIVE is humbling. It makes your grateful for everything you have in such a FRESH way.
We aren't perfect. And I would have loved to be 10 lbs lighter. (Wouldn't we all??? ;)) But that is precisely what I wanted to remember too -- US.RIGHT. NOW. Us being "perfectly imperfect." I wanted this moment in time because Zach is about to be married and on the cusp of creating his very own family. Own now is ours...never perfect, always eventful and forever ours.
And so is yours. YOU matter. YOUR LIFE matters. YOUR memories matter. YOUR time right now matters.
I would encourage you to look at having pictures taken as an INVESTMENT. There are no rules, you do to have to do photos annually, you can do them as you wish but when you do DO them, INVEST. It is worthwhile. It is something that lasts forever. It is the greatest gift to yourself, your family and your legacy.
If your investment means choosing me, then know I feel honored and humbled and fully throw myself into doing the very best work for you and for your legacy. xo