Many families book annual family portrait sessions to capture the growth of their kids and the changes in their family unit over the years. But most people are far less likely to book a professional portrait photography session unless it’s to mark a specific milestone, like a graduation from high school or an engagement.
Portrait photography may seem unnecessary on the surface, but these images are just as important as family photos. Instead of capturing a milestone, they capture the personality and essence of the person being photographed and can freeze a moment in time, creating memories you’ll cherish for years to come.
There are a variety of reasons why people choose to invest in a portrait session. Maybe they want to have images for their children to look back on when they’re gone. Maybe they are working on their personal brand and want photos for their social media. Or maybe they just want their photos taken! There isn’t one reason why portrait photography is important, but multiple reasons, all of which are valid.
Capture memories and emotions
A professional portrait can evoke emotion and take you back to the moment when it was taken. Photography remains one of the best ways to freeze time and capture memories, making professional photography incredibly valuable.
Hold on to what’s most important
Take a look through the photos in your phone’s camera roll. Chances are those images include things that are important to you. We take photos of the people and things that matter most to us, and when we go out of our way to invest in professional photography, we know that the people in those photos are the most special of all.
Tell your story
Photos tell a story in a way that words can’t. They capture the emotions we feel and the person we were in the moment the image was taken. When you look back on your portraits years later, you’ll remember how you felt and see your history told through images—a story that you’ll want to share with your loved ones.
While the thought of stepping in front of the camera can be nerve-wracking, it’s often an opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone and express yourself. Whether through the clothes you wear or the way you smile, you can have fun with your portraits and boost your confidence in yourself through imagery.
Deepen your connections
Whether you hang your photos on the walls of your home or share them on social media—or both!—your photos can help you connect with your friends and family across the world. They can serve as a way to update those you love about your life and to include them in your own personal story.
About Dean Agar
Originally born and raised in the UK, Dean Agar is now based in Brisbane, Australia, offering memorable and unique photography sessions to men, women, families and couples, as well as boudoir photography. Dean is a well known and respected voice in the industry, offering expertise and tips on how to capture the most captivating photos during any photography session.