Seattle Family Photographer | My Favorite Photos

It’s Tuesday, so it’s time for my weekly blogging group to post what we’ve been talking about this week. Our topic is “favorite photos,” and I’ve been scratching my head for the past few days trying to figure out what to write for this. There are so many beautiful images in this world and so many talented photographers, how can I possibly choose my favorites?!? Then it hit me late last night — I’m going to take this opportunity to write a personal post about why photography is important to my life.

For awhile now, the photos that have meant the most have not been the ones that I have taken and they haven’t even been ones that my idols Lindsey Adler, Sue Bryce, or Kirsty Mitchell have composed, but rather two boxes full of beautiful, antiqued family snap shots of my family. Some of these are dated back to the early 1950’s and the most recent ones that I have are from when I was too young to hold a memory.

These images, which are far from technically perfect, mean the world to me. Not only are they beautiful because of how the film has aged over the years, but they provide a window to how my Dad and his brothers and sister behaved as young children, how completely stunning my Grandmother was as a young woman, what my great-great-grandparents looked like, and how a world 60+ years ago existed.

Before I start to tear up while writing this little post, I encourage everyone to gather your family together to take at least one family portrait sometime soon. It doesn’t matter who you hire to be your photographer, just that you document your family today and that you can hold that image in a tangible form for many years to come.

Just imagine, 60+ years from now, your great-great-granddaughter will know who you are and be able to put a face to your name.

Seattle Family Photography

If you have a minute, travel around my group’s blog ring and check out what everyone posted today about their favorite photos. Start with my friend and amazing photographer, Karen of Karen Cooley Photography in¬†Philadelphia, by clicking here.

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[…] taken yourself of your own little ones, or your clients? What is it? Now, head on over to Allyson Photography¬†and see what my friend Ally has picked out for her favorite […]

Melissa BergJanuary 15, 2013 - 8:43 am

Such an important post. Family photos are SO important!

Tina BeckettJanuary 15, 2013 - 8:51 am

Beautifully written! Having printed photographs is so important and it definitely gets lost in today’s digital world.

Tara ColburnJanuary 15, 2013 - 9:03 am

I couldn’t agree more. I treasure old family photos, probably more than my mom would like since I’ve stolen quite a few from her albums over the years!

Karen CooleyJanuary 15, 2013 - 6:15 pm

Oh, so true, Ally! I have several old photographs – my great-grandparents, grandparents, my mom & dad growing up. They mean so much to me!

Katherine WeeksJanuary 15, 2013 - 7:29 pm

I just adore photographs…they are such a treasure

DorieJanuary 16, 2013 - 10:03 am

Photos are priceless. I can’t wait for my daughter to be old enough when we can look back and I can show her where she came from.

Huong ForrestJanuary 16, 2013 - 10:20 am

It makes me so happy to see these in your possession!!! And you’re absolutely right…60 years from now our own family will have our photographs in their hands to look back on!

ChristineJanuary 19, 2013 - 10:59 am

You made me tear up a little. This is such a beautifully composed post. I love your favourite images x

Kelly GJanuary 21, 2013 - 4:42 pm

That’s wonderful that you have your family’s old photos. What a gift. I definitely want to give those treasures to my kids and (someday) grandkids.

[…] a little longer. This is impossible obviously, but luckily photographs are the next best thing and I’m always so thankful that I have them, so I can look back on the moments and times in my life I wish I could have […]

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