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7 Reasons Photos are Important in the Home
  • Michelle Harris

7 Reasons Photos are Important in the Home

In today's digital age it is becoming more common to not print photos. Walls in the home are no longer covered with framed family photos and printed photo albums are a thing of the past. The power and importance of photos in the home has been forgotten.

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"Home should be an anchor, a port in a storm, a refuge, a happy place in which to dwell, a place where we are loved and where we can love." Marvin J. Ashton

Photos in the home out on display are so much more than dust collectors. These photos carry a great amount of significance, especially if there are children in the home. Photos take us on a journey as we thumb through a photo album or walk down a hallway covered with photos that span years and maybe generations. One of the reasons I got into photography was to capture memories and special moments that happen in life. As a child I loved picking up my parents photo albums and going through them and seeing all the faces, the birthdays celebrated, the Christmases celebrated and let's not forget the family vacations. Those old photos connected me with my past. I still love to look through old photos! Now, I am becoming the family historian, which is pretty amazing. I want to share with you 7 reasons why having photos on display in the home is so important. #portraitphotography #familyphotos #memories #capturethemoments

7 Reasons Why Photos Area Important in the Home

1. Sense of belonging/importance in the family

Everyone wants to feel like they belong somewhere, they want to have a feeling of being valued. Simply having family photos hanging on the walls or sitting about the home gives a child a sense of safety and they feel protected. To me it is amazing you can get that from a photo! The photos allow a child to learn who they are and where they fit within the family dynamics.

2. Child's self-esteem

When a child has a sense of belonging it also adds to positive self-esteem. Photos let a child know they are loved and are a part of something much bigger than themselves. They feel loved and cared for.

3. Family genealogy and family story

Family photos show where we come from and what the family history maybe. Large group photos show a large family and the connection to each other. The photos show family traditions, culture and the pecking order over many generations. Knowing where you came from is so important. You learn the struggles of the past so that they are not repeated in the future. You also learn why your family is the way it is because of the past.

4. Memories (to share, remember, reminisce)

Our minds are a fickle beasts. One minute we remember things clear as if they just happened and as the years pass some of the details fade. We make memories everyday both good and bad. We want to remember the good forever, unfortunately our minds don't always cooperate. Having photos are a great way to freeze a moment in time to have to help remember not just what has happened, but also the finer details that may slip our mind. We take pictures to reminisce about in the future. We share the stories of the what happened in the glory days.

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5. Shows what is important to us

We take photos of what is important to us. By taking photos of your family shows everyone in the family they are important and always have a place to call home. We take photos of the milestones in life...births, birthdays, weddings, graduation, etc. This is how we record and remember what is important. These beautiful photos also tell everyone that enters your home what is important to you. The photos may even be of your fur babies (they are important members of the family too)!

6. Emotions (makes us feel something)

We want photos that make us feel something and evoke emotion. Think about the first time the groom sees the bride, that look is priceless. The first time you hold your newborn child or the first steps they take months later are moments that you treasure. Also, think about the first time a child hits a ball in a game and gets on base, such pure joy we see in their faces. There are also the moments in life we feel pain or struggles in life. The brave man or woman fighting cancer and a photo journal is created. There is so much power to a photo and the emotions that can be captured and shared.

7. Share and communicate/ no language boundaries

There is no better way to express oneself than with a photo. The phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words" isn't a metaphor; it is the truth. Photos have no language barriers to them which is the best parts of photography. Everyone can look at a photo and understand what is happening. It is a great way to capture a story or share one.

"Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter." Brad Henry

Printed Photos vs Digital Photos

This is a new debate of which is better. I have read that it was estimated that over 1.2 trillion digital photos were taken in 2017. Can you imagine that? It was also stated that they expect that number to go up over the coming years. Technology has changed the way we take and look at photos, which has lead to the debate of photos being printed or kept digital.

I personally have both printed and digital images in my home. I also have to say I am very partial to printed photos. My partiality isn't because of my profession as a photographer it is because of my love of photos. I know in this age of digital that may seem odd or even a foreign concept to some. I love being able to hold a photo in my hands and feel the texture of it much like that of a book (which I prefer a printed book over a digital one). I love having family photos hung on my walls and sitting out on my mantle or tables in my home. What I love even more are the memories I see and the stories I remember when I look at them. For some reason I feel that having a printed version of a photos makes it more real. You not only see it, but you can touch and hold it. With a digital image that isn't the case ; you only get to see it.

Photo albums are another thing of the past. Being able to sit and hold the album is special and brings back so many memories for me. Of course you can have photo books printed, but you can't pull out just one photo and hold it or frame it. They make digital photo frames now that can hold hundreds or thousands of images depending on the size of the image and they rotate through and may even have music play while you watch the moments come and go. This is great and you can keep them fresh and add to it. My question here is how many people load the images one time and forget about it? The images are loaded once and the batteries of the frame die or you just simply turn it off, what then? Those images are being seen by no one.

Digital images do have their place. Having digital images makes it so easy to share with other family members. You simply attach the digital file to an email and off it goes. Where as a printed one you would have to put in an envelope, mail it, wait a few days for it to arrive and pray that it doesn't get bent in the process. Now we have Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. to share all of those images with friends and family alike. You take a quick photo while on vacation upload it and boom everyone knows you are on vacation and having a blast! If you aren't putting all those beautiful memories out for your own family to see what then. What happens if your phone crashes, computer crashes or you get hacked and all of those images are gone forever? This is a real possibility. I have personally had it happen to me. My hard drive was dropped and I didn't have all of the photos backed up another way or printed. All of those memories I captured are gone! Now, I have my photos backed up 3 or 4 different ways and I pray that nothing happens to any of my backups. I also pray that as technology changes I will still be able to access my photos, because I have a 3 1/2 disc now that I can't access.

While the way you share your photos is a personal choice the important part is that you share them and have them on display in your home. We all want to feel apart of something bigger and want to feel loved. Photos help show us the memories we have created and help remember those special moments in our lives.

If you are considering having a photo session give me a call and let's see if we connect. Let's capture your true family dynamics and the real you!

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