I am a firm believer in that we MUST print our photos. I mean a picture really isn't a photograph until it's actually printed, right? A photograph has so much more meaning when you can hold it in your hands. You really cannot compare the feeling of flipping through a photo album to the idea of only seeing your family memories on a Facebook timeline.
In recent years it seems that offering only digital files has been the way to go with the photography business and that it's the simple way to do it. Looking at this idea now just seems like a huge disservice.
I think about how much money people spend on photographers only to have their pictures stowed away on a laptop, a CD or a usb-stick somewhere, just waiting for the next crash or being lost.
It might seem much easier just to store them on a laptop, your phone or an ipad, but how often do you actually pull out the laptop to view those memories? Think about the higher percentage chance of looking at those memories if you had them in a book proudly displayed on your coffee table? Years from now you will easily be able to flip through it, unlike your Facebook feed.
With each session you get a coffee table book with your favorite images AND the digital files. NOW that is Service.
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I am a mom, I get it….the struggles of getting everyone dressed up in matching clothes, the stress of getting everyone out the door to a studio or park only to deal with stiff poses, forced smiles and everything not looking “perfect”.
If you are a family that is looking for something different, something that will capture the beauty of everyday life AND can increase your child self-esteem instead of driving up your stress levels then read on.
Family documentary photography can capture memories, love and moments that you might not think about and if that is not reason enough, let’s talk about the impact that this has on our children.
Did you know that one of the most powerful things about family photography is how it can help raise children with stronger confidence in their own worth and abilities. In 1975 a reveling study was conducted with a group of fourth graders at a Tennessee school by Tulane University. During a five week period, the children took Polaroid instant photos of themselves in a variety of assigned poses and expressing various emotions. The children worked with the printed images and make scrapbooks once a week over those five weeks. Testing of the students at the conclusion of the study revealed a significant increase of 37 percent in the student’s average self-esteem behaviors. This Mufreesboro Study shows some evidence personal photography of children seen and enjoyed in a specific way can help boost a child’s self-esteem.
Let’s touch on the idea of how the child see’s the images of themselves in the images….does it matter if the images are digital or paper prints? In our world today it is no surprise that many photos are never printed or framed to hang on the wall. We have become very dependent on the idea that they are easier to see and view on our phones, ipads, social media or computers. But does an image on a tablet, computer screen or social media site have the same impact for helping families boost a child self-esteem?
David Krauss, a licensed psychologist from Cleveland, Ohio says “I am very conservative about self-esteem and I think placing a family photo someplace in the home where the child can see it every day without having to turn on a device or click around on a computer to find it really hits home for that child this sense of reassurance and comfort. They have a certainty about them and a protecting quality that nurtures a child. It let’s them know where they are in the pecking order and that they are loved and cared for,”
“My bias is very simple. I think they (family photographs) should be on the wall,” says Krauss.
This is why family documentary photograph is so important. It is my job as a photographer to capture loving everyday moments in your life. To have this done in your home or your favorite outing spot can have a positive effect on your family. Displaying photos from your everyday life promotes love in the home and sends the message that our family and those in are in important to one another, and we honor the memories we have experienced.
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I'm a documentary photographer based in the Oklahoma City Metro area. Born and raised in this crazy weather state, Mom to 3, Mimi to another 3. Simple girl with a soul of a hippie.