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The importance of family photography: a personal view

Me and my dad - a treasured family photograph

There is a Facebook trend that is going round at the moment, asking people to replace their profile pictures with pictures of their dads in recognition of both Father’s Day and their wonderful dads. Its a fun idea and I love seeing my friend’s dads in my facebook stream. But it does make me a little sad too. The reason being is that my own dad died suddenly just before my 21st birthday and I really do only have a couple of blurry photos of me and him together from when I was a child.

I know that this is a very poignant and personal reason why I am quite passionate about parents actually appearing in photographs with their children. Lets face it, we all take lots of photographs of our own kids, but how many do you have with yourselves in the shot? (And how many of those show you gritting your teeth, saying “just sit still and SMILE PLEASE, kids”!).

One of the very special and important reasons to include yourself in front of the lens, rather than behind it, is the legacy of memories that you leave behind for your children. I really do feel privileged to be able to capture wonderful memories for families that they treasure both now and that their children will, for many years to come.

So, this Father’s Day, have a think about getting yourselves in front of the camera, with your children. Because now that I am a parent myself, I especially love the photographs that are with my parents, and the few ones of me and my dad together are incredibly important to me. It is a little window into the wonderful parental-to-child relationship. It is the stuff of memories.


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