The “Moment” Becomes an Era
Recently I have been speaking to my networking group and potential clients about the true value of a family portrait. I have tried to express how the session itself is a gift — a time when a family gets together in one place to make and preserve a memory. I’ve also shared how the physical portrait is a reminder of that particular day, but over time the “moment” becomes much wider extending before and after the picture was taken.
This concept of time and space is so ingrained in me that every portrait I take touches me. But I wonder if other people really “get” what I mean. So I started to talk about like this. Let me know if this clarifies my feelings:
A month after your portrait session you may look at the framed image and think, “We were almost on time for the shoot. Joey had a melt down about the sweater vest, and Emily wanted to wear 3 flowers on her sweater but compromised to wear one. In the end, we got there and had a great session. I love this picture.”
But 15 years after the portrait session you may look at the image and think, “I’ll never forget that time! Joey was growing so quickly and becoming more independent. He wanted to discuss every request! I never made him wear that vest again, from then on he made is clothing choices – some good, others not so much. Sarah had her own style too and was absolutely adorable in every sense of the word. I still have that little pink flower tucked away as a keepsake. I love this picture.”
You won’t get this feeling looking at someone else’s family portrait, but I guarantee you will when you look at yours. That is, if and when you get one made! Capture a Moment (with a capital “M”).