I've written a lot about the best part of this industry being the friendships that come out of everyone's love for the craft. Well JB Sallee and his wife DeEtte are two of those very special people who came into our lives at WPPI so many years ago.
Yesterday I ran across this post by JB with the family portrait above. I love the shot and so appreciate the way he stays focused on his family.
Here's my point - so many photographers capture incredible images of their clients and families but forget about their own! When was the last time you captured a family portrait just to make a memory for your own family?
As an only child of an only child of an only child, I have always wanted to have a big loving family to call my own and share my life, my experiences and my love with. I love JB's point about leaving "happy memories for his kiddos!"
I can't express how important family portraits are to core family bonding and remembering loved ones lost. I don't necessarily remember every moment of my childhood but I do remember the family trips, and the loving moments when I see photographic prints from when I was young. In the last 8 years I have lost almost every family member that helped to raise me into the man I am today. I try to stay strong for my children but there is not a day that goes by that I do not miss my loved ones lost.
It is not always the day to day events your loved ones will remember you by, but also the time you took to set up a photograph and capture your loved ones and freeze them in time. I will be printing this image and hanging it on our fireplace so that my wife and children can remember this amazing trip we had together.
One day I too will be gone and I hope I did my best to leave happy memories for my kiddos. I hope you will also do this for your loved ones.
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