Christmas is coming! And ain’t Christmas a time of family getting together?
A time we celebrate relationships, we enjoy each other’s time together, we celebrate Love and give thanks for all that we have overcome and were blessed with the whole year.
What family traditions do you keep and come together each year? How many of you have vivid memories from your childhood? How much of those fond recalling came from pictures…
The fact is memories fade, and when we get all busy as we grow up, those moments where we recall our shared memories diminish as well.
And I quote Kim Barlow, a stay-home-mum and a fellow photographer:
The 4 ways your family photos tell them “I love you”
1. “I want them to think about the good things and the good times, and through these images help them to know how much their parents love them.”
Let’s be honest, as much as our little kids are adorable and in our opinion the cutest… Sometimes, at 3am and still awake, they can drive us nuts too… Sometimes, as parents we also make mistakes, perhaps we’ve raised our voice at times we shouldn’t have, perhaps we overlook them when we’re all tired out… We know we love them, with all our hearts and we want to give nothing but the best for them. But do they know this?
Sometimes Love given, is not Love received… You can show them, with pictures. You have influence over the things your children remember and your family photos are evidences to remind them of your love. The ones with you in it! Not just the pictures you took of them in your phone.
2. “I want them to see us having fun together.”
Sometimes looking at our family photos, images from our childhood are really what made the difference, our children reminded of our love for them, all the hugs and kisses we gave abundantly when they’re toddlers that they might not enjoy THAT much once they hit the teenager phase…
Your family portraits not only influence what your children remember from their childhood, but also how they feel about family relationships.
When they think about you, what first come to their mind? How to spend time with them, what to spend time doing – you decide.
3. “I want them to remember what we did for them and how valued they are.”
Taking pictures and making it a point every other day, that’s hard work… Planning for a photoshoot at every milestone? Yes, we know – you have to be initiative and intentional to make it happen…
What we’re suggesting is, make it a family tradition, make it a Christmas time get-together, make it once a year… They might not enjoy the session now, but they will thank you for it later. It is a legacy of memories you are building, and a gift of a lifetime that takes just a couple of hours from your entire year. If we talk a few hours as investment but a lifetime of rewards… Would it be worth you time? This is how much you value them.
“Children spell Love as T-I-M-E”
4. “I want them to see how very beautiful they are.”
Have you ever struggled feeling not beautiful enough? Not as good-looking as a certain classmate? Not tall enough, not smart enough, not good enough… (Do we even want to get the list going…)
We don’t talk about it enough amongst us adults, how “not enough” we feel inside sometimes… What about our children? We see them the moment they were born and every part of us saw how perfect they are, how much love we have for them… Is this communicated to them, to let them know how beautiful they are, and it doesn’t matter what anyone else says, whoever it is.
Show them with pictures, how beautifully and wonderfully they are made – how they are a miracle and how much worth they are. Let your photos be visuals they replay in their minds, your voice a resounding assurance they don’t forget, let these be the courage they take with them as they enter into the scary world we are in…
“These images will not only be helpful to look back and remember but they can help to shape the future impressions your kids will have of themselves and their family.”
Your family portraits are not just to celebrate the present, to show your families and friends at gatherings. They are shaping you and your children’s future, have them taken, print them out, display them everywhere at home. And your home will be a constant reminder of the joy, love and delight your relationships with one another have been.
We recently engaged Bambini Photography, particularly Fatilyn for our boy’s 1 y.o. photoshoot. Consistent with the majority of the reviews provided here, we had a pleasant, smooth experience from the time of booking to the actual shoot. Fatilyn’s enthusiasm and friendliness (especially with our kid) made us felt welcome. Most importantly, she did not rush us during the session and she was very focused in getting the best expressions as much as possible. Will certainly consider future shoots with Bambini Photography!
– Eric Heah
This was my 2nd session with Bambini. My photographer Yong En was really able to connect with my girls. She made them felt at ease almost immediately. She knew that we wanted to talk family portrait at our home as we were moving out soon. So, she made sure we captured our moments in most part of the house. The photos were brilliant! Thank you!
– Elaine Seak