3 Ways Family Portraits Help Boost Self-Esteem

family portrait at new hanover arboretum wilmington ncAs a photographer I have the privilege of working with wonderful families, most with young children. In my own personal experience and during my photo sessions, I witness the power of photography. Believe it or not, family portraits help boost self-esteem! I love seeing this in all of my clients! During a photo session it’s all about the family. They have my undivided attention and my priority is that they enjoy themselves. Once they begin to get comfortable, it’s so much fun seeing children, who are shy at first, turn into curious and playful little people. It’s also beautiful to witness a couple beam with pride over the family and life they are celebrating with a photo session. I see both the children and parents gain confidence throughout the session. The best part is, it’s only the beginning! I know once they get to see the art I’ve created, they will have a beautiful perspective of their family. This serves as an every day reminder just how wonderful they really are.

Check out these three ways that family portraits help boost your child’s self-esteem!

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Family photos help your child see themselves as a valued part of the family

By displaying family photos, children are given a sense of belonging. It’s important to show the family as a unit. It’s also helpful for children to see themselves as a valued and important part of that family unit. Displaying family portraits in the home gives children the opportunity to learn about who they are and where they fit in the big picture.

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Professional portraits help to encourage positive self-image for your child

While having family photos is a great way to help build your child’s self-esteem, don’t underestimate the power of individual portraits. While it’s important for children to see themselves in a happy moment and in a place where they belong, there’s more to it! It’s also important for them to see themselves in their own unique identity. Think about how excited your child will be. They’ll love it when they see their own portrait hanging on the wall!

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Printing family photos takes attention away from smartphones and digital spaces

There’s something special about having a tangible photo that you can touch or an album to flip though. In a world full of technology it’s easy for kids to get caught up in the digital world. It’s a nice break for our children to step away from the digital realm into a much more meaningful experience. Take away the iPads and devices and sit down with a photo album with the family!

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It’s never a bad time to start thinking about your next family photo session, especially with the holidays on the way! Plan ahead! Contact me today to reserve your spot!

I'm Erika and I am a maternity, newborn, and family photographer based near Wilmington, NC. I'm also a mom to two cutie boys, lover of backyard gardening, candles, chocolate and Amazon Prime.

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