It's been 90-plus degrees every day this week and the last thing anyone is thinking about right now is Christmas. Maybe the heat is getting to me but Christmas is exactly what I've been thinking about lately.
No, not what presents I would like to get - yes an IPad would be really nice - but I've been thinking about family portraits. Every year right after things get ugly outside, right before Christmas, I do a bunch of family portraits and almost every family says they wish they would have thought about having the portraits done over the summer. I know I'm stating the obvious but IT IS NOW SUMMER!
What a great time to have your family portrait done. You have a great tan, the weather is awesome and you may have a little more spare time right now than you do right before Christmas.
Why should you have a family portrait taken? Because that's what families do and what they have done since the invention of photography. Family portraits create a history for your family that can be passed down to future generations and they often become the family's most priceless possession. I know what you are thinking, that you would rather have a root canal than dress up the whole family and try to coordinate a photo session, but it doesn't have to be a painful experience.
You don't have to dress up. In fact I recommend that you dress in clothes that you would usually be seen wearing. The location of your portrait is important, too. Studio portraits are fine, but imagine how nice it would be to have your family portrait done by the river, down on the farm or around your home.
A family portrait of everyone dressed up that usually does not dress up, in front of a studio backdrop screams church directory. A portrait done on location with everyone posed comfortably in a scenic location is something you would be proud to frame and hang large in your home and send to relatives. So don't say I didn't give you a reminder.
Dads go ahead and make the appointment and be the hero before mom reads this article and makes you do it. I'll be waiting for your call or I will see you with your snow boots on in December.
(Brent Kepner is the owner and photographer at Foto 1 Pro Photo in Elkins. He is a master photographer as well as a certified professional photographer.)