Why do you need a family photos?
As a child I remember walking into a home that was filled to the brim with photographs. I mean, pictures literally everywhere. The home belonged to my great-great Aunt, I hardly knew her as I think I had seen her twice in my life; but the second I walked into her home and looked around I felt like I knew her whole life. She didn’t waste much time before taking me around from photo to photo, joyfully explaining each image. “This was taken when the twins was four, look at that hair! It always did that flippy-thing and she would never let us brush it!” She stood at the image and stared at it as if seeing it for the first time. What was once a daily battle involving a stubborn little girls and a hairbrush was now an endearing memory that lurked in the sentimental minds of the family members who visited.
Something happens to us when we see pictures of our families. We well up with pride and want to show people; we travel back in time and can see and feel details long forgotten; we’re reminded of what matters and how time moves too quickly, and to appreciate the moments we have today.
Pictures, like memories and stories, are part of our legacy. We hold them tight, we pass them down. It’s a gift to be able to share a visual of moments, details, people, places and things to those we love, so that they, too, can feel even a glimmer of the joy we feel when we reflect on those times.
I can’t really express enough on how meaningful it is to have images of my grandparents and parents from when they were little; to have pictures of my family growing up; to be able to show these images to my husband. I’m excited to share these to my kids, so that they can see and hear about their heritage.
Friends – if you don’t get anything else from any of my blog post today, I want you to document your time with each other. Save your images. Post them on the walls of your home, and then pass them down to your kids and grandchildren. No image is too candid, too haphazard, too unplanned, too imperfect. In fact, I hold a strong conviction that real moments of imperfection are the most meaningful to you years down the road.