The Photos on our Walls Matter. Here's Why!

The Photos on our Walls Matter. Here's Why!

I’m one of those people who believes that the objects with which we surround ourselves not only reflect who we are and the values we hold dear, but that they also deeply affect our daily experience. They embolden and reinforce our sense of self-identity.

Our family identity is woven into the photos we’ve chosen, too.

Have you heard the story about how kids seeing photos of themselves boosts their self confidence? It’s based on a 1970s Tulane University study of fourth graders, asked to work with photographs of themselves daily for a period of time. The study determined that children who routinely look at photographs of themselves exhibit a 37 percent boost in self-esteem. Pretty amazing, right?

Plunging in to 2019

Plunging in to 2019

Raise your hand if you’ve made a resolution for 2019 about being more daring. More truthful. More yourself.

What about a resolution to be a better memory-keeper for your family? To organize and print your photos, to hand the iPhone to others and ask THEM To take the photo for once, to finally learn to use your fancy camera?  

How about one to embrace and be kind to your real self, and let go of a former self that just isn’t relevant anymore?

Why I OPTED OUT this week

Why I OPTED OUT this week

Well hello, Cyber Shopper!

I'm dropping by to give you a tiny break from all those amazing deals on the internet, and share a SUPER EXCITING secret with you (scroll all the way down for that, friend).

It’s not that I don’t want your business. Because I do – I really do. More than almost anything, friend, I want you to have your very own Day in the Life photo session next year, so that you may always look back upon the quiet triumphs, losses, minutiae, tenderness, and humor of your everyday life – and that you may do so with the kind of vivid memory that only a photograph can spur.

Real life is actually kinda boring . . . Right?

Real life is actually kinda boring . . . Right?

The most memorable photos are not ones where something amazing is happening. Usually, they’re just beautiful ones where not much is happening at all. A well-made photograph contains a richness and depth that allows us to read it like a book. It stops us first with its striking beauty, but it keeps us looking because it reveals so much about that moment in time.

I am not your Christmas card photographer.

I am not your Christmas card photographer.

This time of year, I start getting semi-panicked inquiries from strangers on the daily:

“Can you squeeze us in for a quick family session in October or November, pretty please?”

Immediately, I suspect that I know what this is all about.

So I tell people: if ALL you want is a set of beautiful, luminous photos of your family hugging and smiling, looking photogenic and color coordinated, I am NOT your gal.