10 years from now, the family portraits you take today will be perfect for remembering exactly what you look like right now—your hair colour, your son’s height, your daughter’s gap-toothed grin.
But what if the most important thing those family portraits help you remember isn’t what each member of your family looks like?
What if the most important thing is how you felt?
Instead of remembering that your son came up to your shoulders when he was 10 years old, you remembered the way he burrowed his face into your shoulder (because he was too cool for a big hug with his arms around you, but still wanted to feel close).
Instead of remembering that your daughter’s hair was so blonde it was almost white when she was 3 years old, you remembered the way she held your hand constantly. What if you remembered the way her hand would sneak up to yours without even thinking about it, the second she came alongside you?
And remembering the feeling? That’s not only something you’re going to want to remember 10 years from now. It’s something you’ll want to remember tomorrow as you walk through the door after a day where nothing went as planned. It’s something you’ll want to remember on that day when your kids do nothing but fight.
Family portraits—good ones—will help you do that.