If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times. It’s SO HARD to get the entire family together for a family photo. Trust me, Sarah and I understand.
HOWEVER, if you don’t do it now… you may not ever have another chance.
A couple of years ago my family had finally planned to get together to take a photo. Things were a little difficult with my 91 year old Grandma in another state and my husband’s 91 year old Grandma in the nursing home. Come Thanksgiving 2010, we hauled Grandma Esposito (my Grandma) in from Pennsylvania and made plans to take the photo at the nursing home. It wasn’t the ideal set for a family photo, but the people in the picture are more important than the background. The staff at Rae-Ann in Westlake were so accommodating and let us take the photo in their lobby. My fabulous business partner took time out from her extremely busy day to meet us there and take the photo.
A couple of months later Grandma Spain (Husband’s Grandma) passed away. She was a wonderful woman and I am so thankful that we took the chance to preserve her memory in this photo. It is amazing to see in just 2 short years how much has changed with our family(a couple new additions).
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been almost 10 years since Sarah was diagnosed with cancer. That year, Sarah was bound and determined to get a family photo. You never know when you won’t have another opportunity. The family planned to get together before Sarah left for D.C. for her extensive treatment. Everyone was there, but unfortunately her brother-in-law was pulled away last minute and missed the photo. They planned on getting together down the road to take the photo with everyone. Sadly, Jerry (Sarah’s Brother-In-Law) was diagnosed with lung cancer and quickly passed away before they had the chance. I know how much regret Sarah feels about Jerry not being in that photo.
I witnessed another attempt at the Groff family photo on Thanksgiving a couple of years ago. Not everyone wore what they were supposed to. Not everyone was happy to be there in the middle of their holiday cooking and everyone was for sure NOT listening to directions. It was chaos to say the least. The photo was taken quickly with little organization, but it WAS taken. It captured a genuine family moment. The whole family was there and can look back and laugh about someone refusing to smile or the volume level in a sound enhancing camera room. It’s not the kind of work we use for advertising, but it’s a family heirloom and the last family photo of Bobby who we all love and miss dearly. It’s sitting on our office bookshelf so that we can look up from our monitors and gaze delightfully at such a crazy and wonderful family.
I apologize if this post has made anyone sad, that is definitely not my intention. There is a point I am desperately trying to get across:
TAKE A FAMILY PHOTO NOW!
It doesn’t have to be professional (even though I am a HUGE SUPPORTER of professional photography;) ). It can be a fabulous excuse to get the family together. Make it an event! I can’t tell you how many families we photograph before they have plans for dinner or a party at one of their houses.
These moments are fleeting and I urge you to capture them before they are gone.