Family Portraits - The Time is Now

January 08, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Today I was having lunch with a friend.  We were discussing her husband's family.  Her father-in-law is currently in very poor health in a nursing facility, and is not expected to recover.

A year ago, she tried to organize the family into a family portrait session.  A few of the family members had balked at the price I had quoted to do the session. "That's too much money, why does your friend charge so much?", was their response. We had scouted some great locations and planned a quick shoot to make it fast and easy for the entire family. But, because a few did not want to spend the money, the family session never happened. Now fast forward a year later, their father's health has taken a drastic turn, and the option of a beautiful family photo is now no longer an option. 

How much is a printed memory worth to you?  I love the quote that says, "You will never understand the value of a photograph until that is all you have left." Missy Mwac   That is so very, very true. How about your siblings?  I have lost a sister.  I do not have nearly as many photos of us together as I would like.

We will spend $50 to go out for a mediocre meal for two.  We can  easily spend $200 for a decent meal out with a few family members   But a portrait print?  That will be around for decades? How much for that?  I have done many family photo sessions.  I have yet to hear anyone say they wished they had not booked a session, or that they wish they had not spent so much on their photos.  Now the wallet may cry a little when the actual paying is taking place, but down the road, those families have an irreplaceable memento that will only grow in value. 

I did a large family session about two years ago.  The grandfather has since passed away.  That daughter who organized the session, who listened to her family give her tons of grief for putting it all together - she is a daughter who has a sweet photo of her and her father. Her children have a photo of them and grandaddy. That is what is called irreplaceable.  That is called so worth it!

 


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