Family portraits are like spring cleaning… Should be done once a year, but usually pushed back because, you know, life. When the day comes to finally take that dive with your photographer, most parents worry that the kid’s outfits won’t stay clean or they will refuse to smile. Family portraits are vastly more important than all the dramas of life. It is so much fun to look back on photos capturing your rapidly growing child or laugh at when you tried that hairstyle.
The hard and fast rule is once a year. Make it like a doctors appointment; as soon as one shoot is done, you make an appointment for the next. If you know you love your pictures to be during springtime, then reserve your time. It is common for people to wait until November to try booking one before Christmas, but this is usually one of the busiest times for photographers and your favorite might be booked already. If you do have time booked during the winter months, it is best to do in-home sessions. It’s a great way to capture your family as they are, and also your home. Like people, home trends come and go and it is a precious moment to see your family at their most comfortable, and a testy child may behave better in their own environment.
You can replace your annual family portrait when there are special occasions such as weddings, graduations, birthdays, or baptisms. These are times when a photographer may be hired anyway and you can add it to your contract to include a family portrait to commemorate the special day. It is also recommended to hire a photographer shortly after a birth or adoption. It’s important to commemorate the moment a person joins the family. A photo session is an amazing gift for any growing family.
According to research conducted by Venture New Generation Portraits in the U.K., 58% of people’s favorite photo was one taken with family. They stated, “For children in particular, looking at photographs is part of the socializing process; learning who you are and where you fit into the family. By displaying photographs of our children at different stages of their lives, we are making a very public statement that we are proud of them."
Once a year, that’s all you need to create memories and document your family at that exact moment. Remember, these pictures will be passed on for generations so make sure they are done right.