How choosing your photos? – Baby and family photography

15/09/2020

After the session, you’ll receive your imagery and it’ll come the time of choosing your photos. It’s always a beautiful process to go through your gallery, but it can be also a bit difficult to pick which ones to print, even when you decide to purchase all the digital files.

We tend to look at our recent photos thinking about the now and we are lean to the ones in which we feel more comfortable with our own image.  That’s absolutely normal! But in this case, you’re not choosing photos for your Instagram and these aren’t photos you took with your cell phone. Your imagery contents the story of an ordinary day and you weren’t posing, just enjoying family time.

These will be the photos in 20, 30, 40 years you’re children and grandchildren will look at to learn about their own story, and while choosing your photos I encourage you to consider that.

Mom and toddler jumping together in the kitchen

Whether to print and hang on your wall or to be part of your album, the selection is a process that can be carried out in different ways and taking into account different things.

You can consider where you’ll place them. If it’s for an album, you can sometimes choose images that add to the story of that day (pictures of little or big details or some that include more of the environment within the frame). You can also consider which colors combine with the rest of your wall art if you’re thinking about hanging them.

But the most important tip I will give you is this one: always try to choose the ones you think you’re children will love to see when they’re older. Images that tell your family story, that show how happy you are no matter how untidy the house is or how messy your hair looks like.

Choose the emotions over the pose.

And trust me: in 20 years you won’t care about your double chin but the smile your children release when seeing their childhood photos.

Displaying photos of our children at home is proven to boost their self-esteem.

Not only their portraits to show how proud we are of them but also images where we’re together, creating a sense of belonging, showing that they are part of the team, that we want them there with us.

This is the reason why I like to always deliver a family portrait.

Even when it’s not a posed photo or when we don’t get to have everyone looking at the camera, a picture where every one of you is in the frame is a photo that shows your children where they belong.

And it’s a photo that always makes parents happy because it also shows you how beautiful you are when you’re spending time together.

Father holding one of his children on his arms while the other kid is holding him from his legs

Besides a family portrait, choose photos that show your children’s uniqueness.

How they are now, what things they like to do, what they learned so far, what they enjoy the most.

Mom and her little one playing in his bedroom Dad playing with his toddler, throwing him in the air

And because time with children lasts so little and our routine changes fast (especially during their first year), do yourself the favor of choosing images of those things that are now part of your everyday life that will soon become part of your memories.

newborn bath, portraittoddler feeding his mom with a spoon while she's holding her baby

Think about your childhood moments: which ones you’d like to frame? which photos of your earliest memories do you love to contemplate now? what things do you care to see? which moments you cherries the most?

What things of last months you’re not doing anymore and already miss?

The answers to those might (and should) affect your choice. Because as parents, we want to give our kids the things we missed, and many of the things you do: the way you play with them, how you comfort them when they’re sad, the food you offer, the stories you read them… all those things are molded by your own story, your fears, your love, and values.

mom kissing her newborn cheeksMother smelling her newborn's head

CHOOSING YOUR PHOTOS IS A PERSONAL AND DEEP PROCESS

All the people I met through my work are different and unique. Yet they do share very important values: they raise with empathy and respect. They build loving homes and they’re present for their children. In this issue, you’re not an exception and I’m proud that you chose me and trusted me your memories.

But your choices might differ from what I would choose. That’s why I don’t make that final decision: you do. It’s not only a matter of taste or technic but a matter of inheritance: your imagery will become part of your visual legacy, it will be part of your children’s memories, a family treasure.

I dream that in 15 years, the kids I’m portraying now will be happy to see the love and effort you put to raise them as happy human beings.

That’s why, if in doubt, just pick the ones that make you smile. I’m sure they’ll make them smile too.

Toddler playing with his dad in the kitchentoddler and his dad on the couch

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