I can think of a million excuses why it's not the right time for me to take photos of myself. I'm not as fit as I'd like to be, I haven't found the right outfit, I'm waiting for my hair to grow, its too expensive and the list goes on and on...
The reality is that none of those things matter. When our children and grandchildren go and look for photos of us to show their children they won't be saying "man, I wish mom would've waited till her arms were a bit toner before taking this photo" What they will be looking for is the resemblance between you and their new baby girl, photos of grandpa because he didn't get to meet her, pictures of themselves as newborns to post side by side with their new bundle of joy.
The value of photographs is not solely to post on social media and show your friends and family. They are heirlooms that your children will one day inherit and cherish. They are items that will help complete family trees for school projects, or ancestry traces.
When my father was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's 6 years ago at the age of 54, it was one of the hardest points in my life. I never expected him not to meet my now 2 year old daughter or for my now 11 year old to forget a lot of the experiences they shared. There is only one photo where my parents, son and husband are all present prior to him getting sick. Luckily, I had just started my photography journey and the photo is high resolution allowing me to print it and frame it. The only downside is the photo was taken by me and therefore I am not in it. I know that most of us, as moms spend a lot of time photographing our family but don't always have time to be in front of the camera. This is why it's important to hire a photographer. It allows us to be present for the photos and allow professionals to deal with the rest.
Vanessa Keo is a New Hampshire photographer specializing in maternity and newborn photography. These sessions can include family photos in packages. Also offered are motherhood photoshoots, generational sessions and outdoor family sessions.
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