3 ways family portraits bring you closer as a family / by Rose Jesky

There all kinds of reasons why people have family portraits taken.  Most want to have family photos taken because they want to document their family's lives.  Most parents don't know about its remarkable ability to bring your family closer and strengthen family bonds. The photos shown here are of my family, taken this December 2015. I took them using a tripod and remote.   I placed a mirror in front of us so I would see how we looked before pushing the shutter. 

Here are 3 reasons Why family portraits are beneficial to families.

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1. It boosts you kids self-esteem 

One  powerful aspects of family photography that moms and dads don't know about is how it can help them raise children with stronger confidence in their own worth and abilities. This is no joke, Psychologists and experts have done studies in recent decades exploring the link. in 1975 with a group of fourth graders at a Tennessee school were studied by Tulane University. During a five week period, the children took Polaroid instant photos of themselves. The children worked with the printed images of themselves and created scrapbooks once a week over those five weeks. Testing of the students and teachers at the conclusion of study revealed a significant increase of 37 percent in the students’ average self-esteem behaviors. This Murfreesboro Study shows some evidence personal photography of children seen and enjoyed in a specific way can help boost a child’s self-esteem.

I have seen this to be true in my own kids. When I hang a picture on the wall I see their eyes light up with a pride.  This is especially important for pre-teen girls, who are surrounded by image of duck face selfies. Women and girls have distorted views of themselves and a well executed photo taken by a professional photographer who knows how to make them look good will change a bad self image into a good one. 

 

#2  It Creates an identity 

How often today do you share with your children stories of their family history? Of their grandfather who fought in the war or of their or how their great grandma traveled across the country with brand new baby twins.  Or even of stories of when they themselves were babies? According to research, sharing your family history is proven to be one of the ways to have a happier family. In fact “The more children knew about their family’s history, the stronger their sense of control over their lives, the higher their self-esteem, and the more successfully they believed their families functioned.”   Portraits are the best visual way to tell a story.  I recently did a family heritage project with my 11 year old daughter and it can not tell you how moving it was to find old photographs of your family members.  Having your portraits taken but your family in the history books.  It gives you children a story to tell when they are grown. 

#3 It Can Empower your Children

Kids do better when they make decisions themselves or at least have a say.  I have one rule during family portrait sessions:  Kids can do no wrong, They can't get in trouble for anything during the session.  When I tell parents this I usually get a look that seas you are crazy!  You can trust me when it comes to photographing kids.  Parents get a bit stressed out about family portraits,  They have been telling their kids what to ware, how to act, and coaching them on their smile. By the time they get to the session they are already done with pictures.  Take away the pressure, let you kids relax and have them make some decisions on how they want the photos to look. They will feel ten fee tall when you do this.   Portraits will not longer be something to dread but it will be fun.