The Importance of Family Sessions and The Difficulty of Daily Blogging

March 19, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Okay, so my quest to blog every day has proven to be a bit ambitious.  This past week I have been dealing with a lot of personal issues.  As you may or may not know, my life has changed quite drastically in the past five years.  In 2010, my grandmother passed away.  I had up until that point in my life never experienced such a huge loss.  I had lost some aunts and uncles whom I loved very much, but the loss although sad, did not hit me as hard as the loss of my grandmother.  I spent a great deal of my life with my grandparents.  I spent every summer as a child at their farm.  My grandma often had a camera in her hand documenting family events and she shared her love of documenting through film with me.  I was ecstatic when I got my first point and shoot camera at the age of seven and loved shooting my friends, my pets, my family and all the beautiful landscape around the farm.   When I graduated from high school, my grandparents bought me my first camera with interchangeable lens.  If I wasn't hooked on photography before, I sure was then.  Anyway, my grandma was a huge part of my life and I took her passing very, very hard.  A year later, my Grandpa passed away.  While my grandma and I shared passions like photography, cooking, baking, gardening, etc, my grandpa taught me how to drive and about tools and machinery.  What grandfather do you know that will trust a seven year old to drive a standard truck or tractor by themselves?  My grandfather did.  I was allowed to go out driving in their fields pretty much whenever I wanted to.  I was a very lucky girl and I had a fantastic childhood.  So again, his passing hurt me deeply.  Even bigger changes came a year later when my personal situation, which was one of fear and dread, came to an end.  Throughout all these changes, I was and still am proud to say I run a very successful photography business as well as be a single parent to my three children that are still living with me.  Although my children and I have had huge life changes over the past five years, we have come out stronger and happier.  Our home is safe, comfortable and content.  What does this all have to do with a photography blog? Am I just rambling again?  My point to this blog is, your life can change quite drastically in a day.  You can wake up one morning and you have lost a loved one.  Do not wait for the "right time" to get a professional portrait done of your family.  You may think, "I would really love a family photo with grandpa and grandma and my children" - well, don't wait!  Make that appointment!  Your children are getting older every year.  Don't wait to get your family photo taken.  You may think, "I want to wait until I've lost those extra ten pounds" - I know, I still do that, only now it is more like that extra forty pounds.  But, what if you wait and wait and the next thing you know, your child is off to university in another province?  Once your children are grown, it is much harder to coordinate a family photo.  So, don't wait.  Document those very precious years.  I am proud to say that while my children were growing, I made sure that I got a family photo every year and at the same time took individual photos as well.  The family photo may not always have included myself and their dad, but I always had the four children in it.  Do I regret not being in those family photos?  Yes!  Why?  Because when I am no longer here, my children will not have those photos to look back on and remember.  I have so many photos of my growing up that included my grandparents, my mom and my aunts and uncles.  I am very lucky.  I now try to make sure to include myself in photos with my children.  Although coordinating a family photo with my children now that one of them is out of the house is close to impossible.  Book your family session - now is the time.  The weather is getting warmer, soon flowers will be blooming and nothing beats an outdoor family photo!


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