You don’t need professional photos to document the growth of your family – you and your cell phone have got that covered. With our own personal documentary aid in our pockets at virtually all times, why do we outsource the job to a pro? 

For anybody who’s skipped an annual photo session or attempted to DIY it, the answer is pretty clear: professional family photos aren’t just snapshots; they are works of art. When done well, they capture the beauty of your family in a way that is meaningful, artistic, and true-to-you. With some intentional pre-planning, these professional family photos can become key elements of your home décor. 

If the idea of personalized artwork adorning your walls isn’t enough to get you thinking about displaying your professional family photos, you might want to keep reading. Research in the field of psychology and family dynamics has explored the positive impact of displaying family photos in the home, especially for children.

Research has shown that photos of children displayed throughout their home fosters*:

1. a sense of belonging

Prominently displaying your family portraits can contribute to a child's sense of belonging and identity. It visually reinforces to your kiddos that they are an integral part of a loving and connected family unit.

2. a boost in self-esteem

Seeing images of themself as part of a happy and supportive family can positively influence a child's self-esteem. It provides a visual affirmation of their importance within the family structure.

3. building memories & connections

Tangible photographs serve as visual cues for shared memories and experiences. Over time, family photos can provide a deeper understanding of family history and strengthen a child’s bond with family members.

4. A sense of stability

Visible family photos can create a sense of security and stability for children. In times of stress or change, having these visual reminders can be comforting and reassuring.

5. Communication & expression

Family photos can serve as prompts for communication, inviting meaningful conversations about family traditions, values, and personal histories.

Pretty cool, right? Thinking beyond all of this, it’s important to keep in mind that professional family photos are so much more than just memories for you and your kids – they’re a legacy that you can pass down to future generations. As your children grow and have families of their own, your photos allow future generations to connect with their roots by providing a glimpse into the past.

So, next time you're feeling overwhelmed about scheduling professional family photos for your crew, remember what it's all about. Professional family photos are so much more than something to check off on your to-do list so you can send out a holiday card. Done right, your professional family photos can capture the essence of your relationships, the beauty (and maybe the mess, in all the best ways) of your family's journey, and the love that is so unique to each of you. Professional family photos are an investment into memories, art, and the legacy you leave behind.

If you’re ready to grab a date on my spring calendar, schedule a call! I’d love to capture some beauty with you and your family so you can proudly display those professional family photos throughout your home. You’ll be amazed at the warmth and joy they’ll bring into your world on a daily basis.

Cheers to filling those walls, lovelies.


*Related Articles:

Dylan, T., Harrison, D., & Durrant, A. (2022, June). Communicative Openness within Adoptive Families: The Role of Photos and Visual Communication. In Designing Interactive Systems Conference (pp. 807-820).

Chawla, L. (1992). Childhood place attachments. In Place attachment (pp. 63-86). Boston, MA: Springer US.

Linda Good (2005) Snap it Up!: Using Digital Photography in Early Childhood, Childhood Education, 82:2, 79-85, DOI: 10.1080/00094056.2006.10521351

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