If you're anything like me, you know what it's like to marvel how fast your children grow up. I remember when they were just babies as if it was yesterday, but just last week I sent my youngest son of three boys off to college on the other side of the state. Having an empty nest really makes a momma miss her babies. Sure, now we have Facebook and Instagram (whatever that is) so I can look at my beautiful sons all I want, but what about my sons as babies and toddlers? Those childish faces and features were lost to time long ago, and I am forced to rely on my poor memory to remember what my boys looked like at a young age—or at least this would have been the case if it weren't for the fact that I hired a professional child photographer while they were still young. Let me tell you, this was one of the best decisions I have ever made. If I hadn't hired that professional child's photographer all of those years ago, I really would have no idea what my sons looked like when they were young.
You might be skeptical about hiring someone to take a picture of your children for you though. Isn't this something you can do yourself? Well, technically, yes. But allow me to explain why you should hire a child photographer rather than taking the photos yourself.For starters, a child photographer is a trained professional. They make a living taking pictures of children, so they are equipped with all of the skills needed to capture the most popping and wonderful features of your beloved children. I know that when I tried to take pictures of my children, they ended up looking like characters from the movie Labyrinth, and I'm not talking about David Bowie or Jennifer Connelly...or the baby. I'm talking about the puppets. Not the cute ones either.
Child photographers also have much more patience for children than the average bear—and I'm talking about my own children here. I was kicking and screaming trying to get my kids to stop kicking and screaming, and the child photographer—her name was Ruth, she held her hand up and spoke in a soft, kind voice to my children and they immediately calmed down. I nearly gave them up to her right then and there!
There are plenty of reasons to take your children to get their portraits done, but when it comes down to it, you're going to want these portraits. You can go back and forth on if you should and shouldn't all day, but when your youngest son is hugging you goodbye right before he steps into his first dorm room, you're going to be awfully glad you got that portrait done...or you're going to wish you had.