Many times my clients in and around San Joaquin County ask me “What is the best time for family photos?” Often, they are wondering if there are better locations in the spring, summer or fall. Or whether they should consider family pictures in their home when it is decorated for the holidays.
But as with many things this year, COVID has changed the rules. My answer now, when someone asks what the best time for family photos is: Right Now!
Right now, you may not have been able to celebrate a wedding or graduation in your family. Right now, you may be disappointed that your summer vacation was postponed until next year. Right now, life might be a little stressful as you try to figure out distance learning, working from home, or working outside the home and trying to find childcare.
So my feeling is, decide RIGHT NOW to celebrate all that is good in your family. Whether your empty nest is going to remain full for a little while longer with those college age kids, or you just want your little ones to see you as someone other than their teacher, gather everyone you love together for a family portrait.
And you don’t have to figure it all out on your own. We can start with a consultation where I can help you plan for your family photo session. We will cover everything from choosing a location that is meaningful, to selecting what to wear. If your family members are looking to have your hair and makeup done professionally, I can refer someone as well. During the photo shoot itself; I will take all precautions necessary from wearing a mask to social distancing, to create a safe environment for your session.
Just imagine that portrait of your family at the beach, or the lake, hanging on your living room wall. For me, it is the family portrait of my family at the beach this summer that keeps me going. We hired a professional photographer to photograph my family and we now have a beautiful, 20×30 framed print on my wall to look at and make me smile. Each time I look at it, it brings me back to that very special time in our lives. Photos bring back memories, but we are often so busy that we might not get around to having our pictures printed. My goal with all the families I work with is to offer a fun and enjoyable photo session and then work with you to select and print family portraits that not only become a treasured piece of art in your home, but that brings that smile to your face and helps you remember special moments that you enjoyed together as a family.
This winter as we continue to adjust and meet any new challenges that come our way, looking at that picture every time you walk in the room will be a reminder that with family, all things are possible.