Why Photos of Our Kids Matter

Now that I have kids of my own, I realize the importance and feel the weight of the pressure to take pictures of them while they're little. I love taking photos of my kids, but I recognize that these photos are not just for me.

Child photography is my absolute favorite! I love taking pictures of my own kids (totally biased, but they are my favorite subjects), and I especially love looking back and seeing how much they have grown and changed.

Hazel - Edited

It actually makes me a little sad that I don’t have more photographs from when I was a little girl. Back then, my parents didn’t have fancy expensive cameras, and most of the photos they took were on disposable ones. You never knew what a photo was going to turn out like until you got the film developed, either, which was one part exciting and one part nerve-wracking. It meant that during special occasions, you really only got one shot to get a good photo in, and you couldn’t really have any do-overs.

I remember going to the grocery store and turning the film in to have it developed. I loved coming back to the grocery store, opening the big drawer in front of the photo development counter, and flipping through all the packets until I came to the one with our name on it. I loved looking through the different photos and telling my mom which ones were my favorite.

Violet - Edited

But despite my memories surrounding the photos, we just don’t seem to have many of them left anymore. I know my parents probably took a decent amount of photos over the years, but because this was all before the digital age of photography, they went missing, got lost, boxes of photos got ruined or misplaced while moving. Now, I really only have a handful of photographs of me as a little girl.

I would LOVE to share photos of little me with my kids (especially my daughter, who will happily look at photographs with me for HOURS).

A photo of a little girl in a sparkly purple dress in a meadow.

Now that I have kids of my own, I realize the importance and feel the weight of the pressure to take pictures of them while they’re little. I don’t want them to feel like this when they are older and have kids (or grandkids) of their own.

A picture of a little boy in a Wild One shirt crawling towards the camera.

I love taking these photos of my kids, but I recognize that these photos are not just for me. They are for my kids, their kids, and future generations. They are also for my parents, Jeremy’s parents, and our grandparents. They are for friends and loved ones across the United States and around the world who don’t get to see them every day, and love the little peeks inside our life, our world, and enjoy loving them from afar.

As much fun as I have actually photographing people, my favorite part of any photo shoot is actually when I hand the edited photos over, and watch you post them on facebook, instagram, and pinterest. I love watching your loved ones, relatives, and friends like, comment, and heart your photos. I love seeing how much other people love you, and love seeing great photographs of you.

This world needs more love, and if my photographs can help bring people together, create conversations, reignite friendships, and celebrate the love people have for each other, well, then I have done my job.

 

If you’d like to book a child, family, or couples session with me, I’d love to talk to you! I am still accepting dates for spring and summer sessions, and would love to work with you to create heirloom images that will bring your family joy and love for years to come!

You can find my email address and phone number over here.

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