Why Portraits are Important

Why portraits are important and should be an investment. 

A very personal blog post today, so if you do make it to the end, you’ll better understand why portraits are important.

“You have NO idea how much the photos you took mean to me…the only photos I have of me and Matt and dad together.”

Why portraits are important bride and groom on wedding day

Mallie and Matt

I received the above note last night as I put my book down to go to bed, and I cried. My sweet friend lost her husband earlier this year. Now she has to fly home to Texas in time to say bye to her dad. It hit close to home.

Losing my grandmother:

When I lost my grandmother in 1995, I was given her engagement ring, all her jewelry, and the fondest of memories possible. To be laid to rest with our family portrait was her request.

Five or so years ago I got another heartbreaking note from a client. “My Uncle was so excited when he saw the portraits you did for our family. He passed away before we were able to mail him his print. So, he will be laid to rest with our family portrait.”

Personally, I was lucky enough to walk down the aisle with my dad at my brothers wedding (and yes, I was the photographer too…thank goodness for my amazing second shooter/helper that day). The joke was that this would probably never happen again. My dad said he’d be just fine with that as long as I was happy. I LOVE and cherish that portrait of us.

Why Portraits are important dad walking daughter down the aisle

Me and daddy.

Family Portraits are Priceless

This is why we do this, and why it matters so much. You’ll never know until those photos are all you have left to hold and those stories and memories come rushing back. Prints matter. They are the everyday reminders of those memories frozen in time.

Read more about your next photography experience here. Or contact me, and let’s chat about booking your fall family portraits.

Importance of Austin Family Photographers

From a recent Bastrop Hyatt Lost Pines family session.

Austin Family Photographer sisters hugging on a bridge

From a recent Quarries Park family session.

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  • Mai

    So true. That is why photography is so important. You simply NEVER know until these pictures are only things to hold onto. This is so true! You are doing an awesome job!ReplyCancel

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