Being a Tacoma Family Photographer doesn’t just mean picking up a camera and snapping a few shots then sending you on your way. The reason I love photographing people is because I love seeing the beauty in people. I always say that every family has a story, and every family deserves to have their story told. This doesn’t have to be a story told to the entire world but one that you can have captured together as a family and look back on together over the years.
As we all know, time flies. I heard the phrase once that rings so true to me “The days are long but the years are short.” Our lives go by in the blink of an eye and what is the first thing we normally look for once someone we love passes on? A photograph. Our memories fade over time but once we see a photograph it’s like that person, the sound of their voice, the way their eyes sort of closed when they smiled, the funny stories you shared together all come flooding back simply by looking at a photograph. I can look at a picture of my great grandmother who passed away a few years ago and I’ll instantly hear her in my mind saying “Hi honey!” Just like she did every time I called her on the phone and told her it was me.
As your Tacoma Family Photographer, having the ability to see beauty has been a game changer for me. I get to know a family and I learn what makes them unique. What holds them together. What passions and struggles they have together. And how these things affect how they interact with each other. I want to provide you with images that you can display in your home. I want you to look at those photographs every single day and even on the days when you might be upset with certain people in those photographs, I still want you to remember why those people are special and important in your life and why you love them.
The struggle is the beauty in a family. When you have different people with different personalities and different ages all living under the same roof, things can get dicey. But it’s always the struggle that makes us stronger together. And that struggle my friend and that ultimate strength and bond brings out the beauty. And as your photographer being able to see that and bring it out in all of you together, is so much more than picking up my camera, snapping a few shots, and then sending you a disk of images. That’s not my style. I want to learn about you all, make sure you feel comfortable enough around me to be yourselves, and I want to tell that story for you. Tell the story of who you all are today so when you look back on these images 10 years from now when one of your children is off to college. Or one is about to get married and the house is suddenly really quiet. You can sit down and look back on these photographs and see where your family began and how it led to who you all are today.
Seeing the beauty is important. Sometimes you might feel like there isn’t any at a certain moment. Sometimes I feel like in my house beauty left a long time ago. I have a 14 year old son and a 12 year old daughter. It can get ugly in here sometimes and I feel like I’m constantly trying to tell them to figure it out, work it out together. Stop saying nasty things to each other. Where’s the love? But hopefully all of this struggle right now will lead them to see some day that there is beauty in their relationship. And until then I’ll continue to capture the beauty that I see in them every day.
If you are looking for a Tacoma Family Photographer and want to talk about a family portrait session with me just reach out! Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out some of my other blog posts about the mother daughter generational shoot I did as well as many other.