They may forget what you said — but they will never forget how you made them feel.
—Carl W. Buehner
My biggest worry as a mum is that I will mess it all up and my children will feel insecure. Sound familiar? I tell my kids a hundred times a day that I love them, their special, talented, kind and such an important part of our family. In years to come will they remember these words? Probably not...but what I hope, is that they will remember always feeling loved, supported and confident in their position in our family.
As someone who has loved photographs my whole life, fascinated with family history, and photos of me as a baby, my young mum it is not surprising that my walls are adorned with family photos. I have a ‘rogues gallery’ up my staircase in my home of our little family, extended family and close friends. The kids love pointing out different relatives and themselves when they were littler!
Some of my most treasured photos are a professional shoot we had on Bondi Beach before we migrated back to the UK and settled in Lindfield, West Sussex. It captures a time, a place, a spirit...I can look at those and be transported back. For my son they prove that even though he can’t remember that time, those early years were so important to us and worth documenting forever.
Psychologists have for years discussed the positive impact of family photos on the wall.
This is what David Krauss, psychologist from Cleveland, Ohio has to say…
“My bias is very simple. I think family photographs should be on the wall. I am very conservative about self-esteem and I think placing a family photo someplace in the home where the child can see it every day without having to turn on a device or click around on a computer to find it really hits home for that child this sense of reassurance and comfort. They have a certainty about them and a protecting quality that nurtures a child. It lets them know where they are in the pecking order and that they are loved and cared for,”
My husband works in London so often misses bedtime. One of my most favourite photos is of him with our two children on my son’s first day of school - its pride of place on our sitting room wall. Even if he isn’t there they can see just how important they are to him, to us.
Do you have enough pictures on your wall?
If you feel you are rubbish behind the camera, or more importantly want to be in the picture (read more about that here!) then maybe you can think about hiring a professional to take some beautiful images of your family? I specialise in creating beautiful pieces for the wall from canvasses, multi frames, acrylics as well as impressions frames. I have a lovely range of photo books too. I choose to offer these because your family is too precious to simply be a digital file or hidden away on a lost USB (like your wedding photos?!)
To find out more about the beautiful bespoke pieces I can create for your home please visit www.photographyforlittlepeople.com or find me on Facebook.
Photography for Little People by Rebecca
Rebecca is a fully trained photographer who specialises in maternity, newborn and family photography. She lives in Lindfield, Haywards Heath, West Sussex.
Rebecca is mobile and will bring her studio to you and will travel across West Sussex to Horsham, East Grinstead, Crawley, Reigate, Redhill, Pulborough and all the lovely villages in between.
Offering mobile photography means a relaxing photo shoot in your own home.