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Why It’s Important To Have Family Portraits In The Home

In an age where you can capture a moment with a click of a smartphone, it’s easy to wonder about the significance of having a family portrait displayed in the home. However, family portraits hold a much deeper meaning than the typical smartphone photo. For many of us, family is our foundation and a portrait in the home serves as a strong link to that emotional connection. Here’s why having a family portrait in your home is so important.

1. Document Your Family’s Growth

It sometimes seems like you blink and your toddler is a teenager! 

Taking an annual, biannual or even 5-year family portrait is a simple yet meaningful way to document that growth and remember it over time. It helps preserve memories and milestones and ensures that even as time flies, those precious moments are not forgotten. At the same time, portraits help children connect to their story as they see photos of their family past and present.  

2. Boost Children’s Self-Esteem

Science has shown what many parents intuitively know: children seeing themselves in the home can reinforce their sense of belonging and boost their self-esteem. By showcasing a family portrait in the home you are showing your child they belong and are a valued member of the family unit. This can subconsciously boost your child’s self-esteem by showing them they are loved and have a cherished spot in the family.

[Further reading: How Family Portraits Can Support Children’s Self-Esteem]

3. Create Lasting Bonds

Taking regular family portraits over the years can become a beloved tradition – a recognised time when the family comes together to make memories. This can help create a sense of unity and belonging within the family as each generation knows there is a designated time and place to connect and honour their shared history. Taking a family portrait is a beautiful way to establish a family legacy, celebrate one another, and foster a sense of continuity over time. 

4. Memorialise a Time

Life is full of surprises, both good and bad, and family dynamics can change unexpectedly. A loved one may pass away, or your children may move far away for work or other reasons.  However, as life continues to wind its path forward, a beautiful family portrait will preserve moments and remind us of love, joy and togetherness. Over time, a family portrait will eventually become a family heirloom, passed from generation to generation. Trust us – years from now, your children and their children will treasure a photo of you in them!  

5. Connect to History

In the same way a family portrait captures a moment in time, it also provides a tangible link to family history and legacy. It provides a way for future generations to connect with their ancestors and understand their roots. Seeing the faces of their great-great grandparents, for example, can be a powerful tool for feeling connected to family and community.

While it may seem easier to just snap a quick family photo on your phone, there isn’t nearly the same magic as with a professional family photographer. There is an indelible power in touching portraits, tracing fingertips over family members old and new, wondering how they were feeling on that day as they gathered together. 

6. Make a House a Home

Nothing makes a house feel more like a home than decorating with art that tells the story of your family. Whether it is a gallery wall of canvas prints running down the hallway, or it’s a grand framed portrait in the living room, a family portrait will add a personal and meaningful touch to your home. It will make your home a place where your family can feel comfortable, loved, and connected.

A family portrait can serve as a tangible representation of the love, history, and connections that make your family unique. It’s a special keepsake that you and future generations can treasure for years to come. If you are ready to create your family portrait, please enquire with Timeless Images Photography today. Our team of expert photographers is ready to capture your beautiful family as they are today.