As I type this post, I find it hard not to reflect on the importance of family photos. It’s been an interesting 24 hours, and one I’m not too keen on repeating anytime soon!
Yesterday my husband was lucky to escape a bad car crash. Slippery windy roads and cars just don’t mix. He was so fortunate to come out with just a black eye, but it could have been so much worse for both parties involved, and I’m so grateful to have him here at home today and not in hospital or worse.
This morning I spoke to one of my dear friends, who lost a close friend herself last month. As we talked, she lamented that she had no recent photos of the two of them together. The last she could find were from 2010 and there was a huge gap of their lives together undocumented. This is just so sad and it got me thinking about the importance of family photos.
I can’t even begin to imagine how many times I have shied away from the camera, whinging about no makeup, my weight, etc. I could probably count on my hands the amount of photos of my husband and I there are from the last few years. I know I’m not alone in this, and even though I’m a photographer, I’ve never had any family portraits taken myself! The last time I had photos taken with my family was a year ago, and even they were just quick snaps.
So my words for today:
Grab your camera. Go find your family, your partner, your children – even your friends – and take some photos. Do it! Share some smiles and some good times and don’t just leave them on your hard drive. PRINT those memories!
They’ll be so special in years to come and you’ll be so glad you took the time to capture them, just like this beautiful family did last week, playing around together in the evening light at Shelly Beach. xx