Article by Robert Frank, Today’s Guest Author
The whole process of taking family portraits might sound like a herculean effort but it has been discussed time and again that these photos are important and hold a very deep sentimental value. That is why we are going to look at the significance they have.
For a lot of people, taking the perfect family portrait matters a lot. After all, it is an excellent way of making sure that you are creating some memories that are going to last forever. However, more often than not, you find yourself in a situation where you are not sure if you want to take these portraits or not. After all, are they all that they are made out to be? And honestly, you would be surprised just how important they are.
In this article, we want to take a moment to talk about the significance of family portraits when it comes to preserving memories, and while it might seem a bit corny in the start, you will realize just how important these things have become over the past couple of years. So, let’s not waste time and have a look, shall we?
The Significance of Family Portraits in Preserving Memories
Now, coming back to the actual essence or the idea of family portraits that have become so significant in the past few years. We are going to take a look at how something as simple as a family portrait or a picture of the family together can mean so much. Yes, we do get that in the beginning it might be difficult to wrap your head around it but eventually, everything starts falling together. So, let’s not waste time and have a look.
1- It is a Great Way to Bring People Together
Yes, there might be some conflicts as to what this means but when you are looking at family photographs or portraits, they are an excellent way of bringing people together. A common example of this can be seen in a situation where you have to ask different people in your family to come together, stand, and smile for a picture to be taken. Yes, in the picture, it might seem like they are being asked to stand there but there is a whole pre and post-conversation that takes place during this process that brings a lot of people out of their shells and allows them to talk to each other, mingle, and get to know more.
2- Excellent Tool for Preserving Memories
Preservation of memories is one of those things that not everyone wants. However, this does not mean one should refuse to indulge in these things. You see, when it comes to family portraits, they are an excellent way of making sure that those memories are forever captured in the perfect moment. Take wedding pictures, for instance. You will find several instances where the entire family is in a picture, and looking back at that picture will not only remind you of that moment before and after the picture but the entirety of the wedding function, and you will be, in no time, filled with nostalgia. It is a potent tool that people all over the world use.
3- Celebrating Milestones
Simply put, another reason why family portraits have become so popular is that they serve as an excellent means of celebrating milestones. I do understand that for a lot of people, these milestones might just be a part of life, but for others, they do matter a lot. Whether it is marriage, the birth of a new child, graduation, buying a car, buying a home, or pretty much anything else, the idea of celebrating milestones by capturing a family portrait is always an important one and simply should not be overlooked in any case. These things matter to a lot of people and cannot simply be overlooked.
4- It’s a fun activity
Another thing that is not often talked about when you are talking about family portraits or other types of portraits, in general, is that these activities are a lot of fun. The thing is, not everyone is born a poser, and not everyone is comfortable around a camera. So, when you have a bunch of people with different quirks and personalities all together in one place for a picture, things often don’t go as they are planned, and honestly, after a lot of time in the field, I have realized that that is entirely fine, too. You are giving people a platform and a place to be themselves and have fun, and I believe that if one person does not strike an awkward pose in a family photo that says, “I was forced to be here,” then the photo might end up looking a lot more boring.
5- It is a Great Way of Creating New Memories and Celebrating Old Ones
Moving toward the end, I would also like to point out that family portraits are a great way of creating new memories and celebrating old ones. This does sound like celebrating milestones but being honest, it is a bit different in a way that when you do engage in taking photos of families, friends, and everyone gathered together, you end up creating this whole idea that everyone is united at that moment and while it might not be the same for every family, it is one of the best ways of cherishing something in the long run. Something you simply cannot avoid or overlook, to be honest. It is always worth it.
Frequently asked questions:
What is the significance of a family portrait?
Family portraits are considered very important because they ensure that people get the chance to capture some of the most important memories of their lives with their loved ones.
What is the importance of displaying family photos?
Displaying family photos in your house or even on social media gives a very clear message that the family loves each other, is tightly knit, and is willing to stand up.
What is the importance of pictures in memories?
Family photos or photos in general are excellent tools for invoking memories that one has established with their loved ones. You can just look at the pictures and instantly be taken back to the past when you were close to your family or it could also be used to experience days of the past.
Being a family photographer and taking a lot of family portraits, one thing is for sure a lot of times, people seem to miss the importance of these pictures. We have to make sure that whatever we are doing, we are doing it in such a way that is creating something that is for everyone.
I do understand that family portraits might not be easy for everyone for one reason or another, but when it comes to ensuring that all the memories are successfully captured and displayed forever, it becomes evident why it has become such an important thing and why photographers regularly engage in such photos, in the first place.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO ROBERT FRANK FOR CONTRIBUTING THIS ARTICLE.