Okay lets talk about why pictures are so important and why they are worth the investment. You may be thinking Extended Family Photography, Why invest? The reality is family is a treasure and these photos are for your mom, and you one day when you appreciate them. Okay, I am going to level with you. As a mom I have had this thought multiple times. I wanted my children to just dog pile each other and hug and sing kumaya. They then need to do this for a long enough time for me to grab my camera, and preserve the moment a little longer. Am I alone here? Where my moms at? I work so hard to try to help them show love and most of the time they are biting each other, like literally… teeth.
My family is a big family, I am the baby of 7 kids. I also thought I was 19 when I was 5 so, that caused a few problems. My sass level was at 100. (I am trying to be so cool right now and not put a % at the end of that 100% but it is killing me.) Regardless, we all loved each other and enjoyed our time together. Growing up as the youngest I had the privilege of being left behind and watching my siblings succeed in ways I longed to do. They went to college, pageants, served missions, dated, acted, performed, drove cars and stayed out late. They made mistakes that I could learn from. I grew up respecting the heck out of my siblings for how they loved me, how they treated others and how they lived.
I wish that we had more pictures of all of us together. When I was growing up times were different access to film and quality photo equipment were not like they are now. With the digital age brings a huge help in access and the possibility that you wont be one of those families on the awkward family photos website.
So now for the big question? Why invest? Well particularly with extended family photos people are coming from all over the place and having everyone in the same place at the same time will not happen often. Take my family for instance. The last time we were all together was for a total of 7 hours last year. Since that time our family has changed. I have siblings in 3 different states and my oldest nephew will be leaving for a mission at the end of this school year. The dynamic of our family is changing. It is very difficult to have a time when all my siblings and all their kids will be together in one spot. The pictures we do take need to be quality. Because of the time limitations, the photographer needs to be able to utilize their time and ours well.
You guys how is it possible that this little nugget is going to be 1 tomorrow? I just love him. He has been the easiest most chill little man. He is happy and inquisitive and loves his big brothers so much. Happy birthday tomorrow Jared! You are our perfect end cap.