CHRISTMAS is by far my favorite holiday. I mean, by far, hands down, no question about it, it will forever be my favorite holiday. I ask myself why that is, and although I can’t pinpoint an exact reason, I’m pretty sure it has something to do with feelings. In general, and I know there are exceptions, Christmas is a happy time. It’s time for family and friends, gathered around the table, laughter and cookies and mistletoe. Candy canes and 2 solid months of non-stop Christmas music on Kost 103.5, and snow! (even if it is fake snow at the Grove in LA). Christmas is a time for traditions. And what’s more traditional than a family portrait?
Family portraits are near and dear to my heart, because I know I’m not just shooting a christmas card, show-off-on-the-wall snap shot of smiling people. I know that I’m creating a family heirloom that will be stored in albums, and printed and framed, and proudly displayed in your homes. I know that one day those toddlers will go off to college or travel the world, and that single picture is all it takes to take them back to being onesie-wearing, santa-believing, cookie-monsters. And inevitably you will remember it as “a good year”, every single year.
In my home hangs a family portrait, the only one that exists, of my self with all my siblings and my mom. It was taken at a Target Studio. It was probably around $80. But do you know what it’s worth today? Two of my siblings live in another country, 1 lives in another state, and my mother also lives in another state. That pictures is priceless. But not because it’s a quality picture. It’s priceless because I can remember us getting ready at my mom’s house, the girls fighting for the bathroom mirror and the boys playing video games while waiting patiently for us. I remember all of us cramming into my mom’s Corolla, and driving to Target. I remember where we had lunch afterwards. And I remember dinner at home that night. I was 19. It was a good year.
Im also pretty sure that is what drives my passion for photography. The privilege to help you store those memories for years and years to come.
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