Value of a Portrait

You never really know the value of a portrait until it’s all you have left.  Michele Celentano

Did you catch that?  How easy it is to take it for granted that we will have our loved ones with us forever.  How about you?  Do you think you will live forever? Tomorrow is promised to no one, and no matter our age, life passes by all too quickly.  Before you know it, your children will be grown and moving out of the house.  When I recently hung this family portrait in Sally's home, she commented on how quickly her boys are growing and she was so glad they had this family portrait.  How wonderful that her boys will have this in their home - it is a visual reminder of their family connection!  

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Not to sound morbid, but what memories will your children have of you when you have left this Earth?  Will they have treasured photos of you?  Will those photos include you with them in a photo?  I know so many women who literally hate to have their photo taken – me included!  I have to make myself get in the pictures, not because I don’t want to be photographed with my children or my husband, it’s just easier for me to take the photo and then I don’t have to see myself in it!  

At the recent photography conference I attended, one of my favorite photography speakers, Michele Celentano made the statement above about the value of a portrait.  I had heard her say this previously but hearing it again in person just reemphasized the truth of the statement.  Another speaker at the same conference commented about how much a nice sofa costs these days - $2000 to $3000 and more.  Then he asked, “If your house were to catch fire, would you try to carry that sofa outside with you?” Highly unlikely!  But you very likely might scoop up photo albums or carry that heirloom portrait of your family out with you.  My sister-in-law did that very thing one evening when there were grass fires near their home in the country and we were encouraged to get out of the house.  All she could think of (aside from everyone’s physical safety) was grabbing whatever photographs she could gather and carry out. 

How about you?  Do you have portraits of you and your family?  Do you know the value they will bring to your family members in the future?   Remember Michele’s saying - You never really know the value of a portrait until it’s all you have left.  Make sure you leave something valuable behind for your family!

To Print or Not to Print - That is the Question!

Think for a minute about how much technology there is around your house.  If you were to clean out drawers or closets, would you find old devices or media stuffed away that is no longer accessible?  I know I’ve thrown out old floppy disks, the big ones that were about 5” square (I realize I just dated myself), and the smaller 3” disks in a hard plastic case, which were replaced by CDs and now DVDs and thumb drives and who knows what will come next.  In our media cabinet, we have old movies passed down from our parents on tape and our children’s home movies on small VCR cassettes that if we could find the adapter and if we still had a VCR machine we could watch.  Are you getting my drift?  

My son loves going through our family photo albums reviving and reliving precious memories. The photos are tangible and other than some of them fading a bit or getting dog-eared from handling them, they still exist and can be viewed.  They are a visual reminder of our family, of vacations and fun times and special occasions. Pictures, and the memories they invoke, make us feel good.  My mother-in-law had large, framed wall portraits made of each of her grandchildren when they turned one year of age and proudly hung them in her living room.  She is gone now and I have my children's portraits - what a great legacy she left for us. Through these portraits, we are linked to her and someday I will pass these portraits down to my children.  What will your children have to look at when you are gone?  

It is important to pass traditions and memories down to our children and extended family. Technology changes and despite our best efforts and intentions, honestly how often do you show or even look at your digital images other than on your phone?  And what happens to those digital images on your phone when you trade up to a new phone? The best way to preserve the images and memories that are important to you is through printing the images - something you and your family can hold and touch and that won't become obsolete.  Think of it as an investment in your family’s heritage!

Here's a picture of me, Lisa and Greg on my birthday! 

Here's a picture of me, Lisa and Greg on my birthday! 

Playing Picture-Made

When my son and daughter were children, and we frequently got together with another family.  Our two and their two daughters would play "picture-made" and they would take turns posing and taking pretend pictures of each other.   Fast forward to this past weekend when I received a new background that I ordered when we were at the photography convention in San Antonio. It finally arrived and I couldn't wait to set it up and take some test shots.  When we got home from church and while Randy was still in nice clothes, I made him play "picture-made"   to let me try out some lighting with the new background.  

I am really pleased with my purchase, we got some nice pics of Randy, and I can't wait to use it on real clients!  Here are a couple of the finished images from my hubby picture-made session.