The importance of family photos

The importance of family photos

I strongly believe in the importance of family photos, and here’s why.

I first came over to England in May 2000 and instantly fell in love with London. Within a month, I was living here and, well, the rest is history!

But the one downside of being a French national living in England (‘Bonjour!’ to all fellow Francophiles by the way!) is that I often miss out on important family occasions.

By living in London, I miss important family occasions

My entire family are still living over in France – in Marseille, where I am originally from.

And, since I only travel back there once or twice a year, over the years there have been a lot of things that I’ve not been there to experience and share with them.

There will also certainly be more occasions that I will miss in the future. My nan is 90 this year and my sister is also getting married soon – I’m sad that I won’t be there to celebrate these big occasions with them.

Family photos are so important

So, yes, although I live in England because I love it here, there are definite downsides to being away from family. Perhaps, if you’re living here but are originally from another country, you can relate?

Why sharing photos is a family tradition

Because I am living in a different country to my family, I’m sad that I miss out on important family occasions, like weddings, births and birthdays.

I’ve missed out on seeing my nieces and nephews being born and growing up. Just as my Nan, my parents and sister over in France have missed out on seeing my two boys grow up.

This is why, as a family, we really value photography.

Keeping the family connection alive

Although I regularly take portraits of my boys so that I can keep a record of them as they grow, I also make sure that I send these photos as gifts to my French family.

My boys in 2016

My boys in 2016

My boys in 2018

Growing up fast! Pictured in November 2018.

Every Christmas and on birthdays too, portraits of the boys, and the occasional family photo, are sent over to France. What’s great is that they do the same, and I just love receiving photos of my French family.

Having a physical photo of them in my home, not just a digital copy saved on my phone or hard drive somewhere is wonderful. By far, my favourite gift every single year!

For our family, photos help to close the physical distance between us. That is why they are so important to us.

Do you document your growing family in photographs?

Many of my clients are Europeans living in London, and they often say to me that photos are so important to them for the same reasons.

They hire me as their family portrait photographer because they want to have professional-quality photos to look back in years to come. But also because they want to share them with family and friends.

Whether they come to me for maternity portraits, newborn photography, or to have updated photographs taken of their toddlers, older children or, together, as a family, my clients appreciate the value of family photography.

The importance of family photos

  • Do you share this belief in the importance of family photos?
  • Do you have family members who you don’t get to see that often that would appreciate an updated photo?
  • And if so, would you like to have some child or family portraits taken?

If you’re looking to invest in professional family photos, whatever the time of year, I believe that you’d be making a great investment. I literally can’t overstate the importance of family photos!

I’d love to see you and your family in my photography studio soon so that I can help you capture these precious family moments.

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