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The Importance of a Family Portrait

Posted on June 10, 2009

As a photographer for many years now, I appreciate and am still totally fascinated by the history of photography and how it has evolved. Consider, for example, the style of family portraits. I love looking at old photos of family portraits and find myself noticing just how the people are posed, the expressions on their faces, and the surroundings in which the portraits were taken. It’s funny, sometimes, as people are rarely smiling in some of these old photos – it is as if they have been told to stand really still and not move at all!

Though they may appear stodgy by today’s standards, these old photos are an amazing testament of family history that we should treasure and look forward to passing down to the future generations. Fortunately, the evolution of digital photography has made restoration, preservation and distribution of these old photos possible. These photos become treasured pieces of a family’s history.

As a South Florida wedding and portrait photographer, I enjoy the opportunity to photograph families frequently whether at weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs or during separate portrait shoots. The family portrait has become a standard at events and large gatherings where extended family members may be present. Also, family portraits are sometimes specifically requested at many of the South Florida weddings that I photograph. It may not just be the bride and groom’s family, but we have had other guests with family members there request this photo as well. It seems that many people realize the significance of capturing these special moments for the future.

Family portraits are sometimes best photographed at the family’s most familiar surrounding, the home. Many people also like to include beloved family pets in the photos as well. Being a South Florida photographer, it is no surprise that many people here request their family portraits to be done at a beach setting, indicative of their home state. No matter where a family chooses to have their portrait taken, it promises to be an event that they won’t soon forget and will be glad they did years on down the road. We’ve had clients who literally look forward to their family portrait as an “event” for all to participate – they plan their matching outfits and everything

If you are interested in having a South Florida portrait photographer photograph your family, please give us a call. We offer reasonable shooting rates and there is no obligation to purchase a minimum quantity of pictures.

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