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The Importance of Family Portraits – Musings of a Un-Photographed Photographer

A few months back I had the privilege of photographing a beautiful family. Tragically, they had just discovered that the matriarch of the family was very ill and decided to have some family portraits done. Sadly, she passed away this week. As I spoke with her daughter on the phone and arranged to get them some images for the Memorial Service it struck me that what we’d captured that day was something truly special. She mentioned that there were not a lot of pictures of her parents together and that they were so happy they had these done.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot this week and it dawned on me that since our marriage five years ago, my husband and I have not had any portraits done. Aside from mine and my sisters’ weddings we have had no family portraits done since I was 16 years old. I think that needs to change.

I take great pride in what I do as a photographer. This week, though, I realized that what I do is also truly important. I’m not a doctor or a scientist. I am a photographer. I help people to preserve happy memories of those they love the most.

So please, make it a priority to have your family documented through photographs. Hire a professional photographer or you have a friend take some shots in your back yard, just make it happen.


In Loving Memory of Asheville Qualls



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  • Matt E - I agree. Special moments are great to capture in picture form, but those simple days spent to together can remind us of our everyday live we treasure so dearly.

  • Beth P - I am so sorry for the loss of Charlotte Qualls. My heart and prayers go out to her daughter and family.

    I read your post and immediately turned to my right to see 4 photos of my dad that I have on my office bookshelves. I don’t have him anymore but the photos stir happy memories and warm fuzzy feelings. Thanks for reminding us and helping preserve special moments.

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