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Why are family photos are so important?

Family photos preserve memories of times past. They tell a story of  happy times. They document weddings, births, babies, birthdays, and other special events. They remind us of loved ones who’ve passed on and help slow down our fading memories. They prove to our kids that we really were their age once. Photos are often at the top of the list of things we’d rescue from our burning home. They are far more than the ink and paper they’re printed on and their value becomes increasingly immeasurable with time.

I want to challenge you to start snapping those pictures. Snap shots are just as important as professional photos. And don’t forget to get out from behind the camera and get in the photo yourself. Your children will be so happy you did one day. This year, I plan to do the same. I’m going to try hard to not avoid the other end of the lens no matter how bad of a hair day I’m having or if my clothes don’t match.

I’m also going to mark my calendar and schedule professional family photos at least once a year. I photograph my kids all the time, but professional photos with my husband and I in them too have happened exactly twice in the last 12 years. TWICE. It’s not enough. Not by a long shot. So that’s my plan for this year. Get my family all together in front of the lens, get those photos taken, and create a display for my bare walls worthy of an art gallery. Only personal and not stuffy.

I came across this post by a fellow photographer that really got me thinking, after I wiped away the tears, that we don’t always have the luxury of time.

Ready to book your next session? Call me today to schedule your family photos session. 925.290.8454


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Maria is a family Photographer based in the East Bay and available for family photo sessions throughout the Bay Area, including but not limited to

Pleasanton, Livermore, Danville, San Francisco, Los Altos, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale,

Santa Clara, San Jose, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Woodside, and more.