Because we want to remember that very moment, it is like a video plays in our mind as though we live that experience again and the same emotions felt at that precise moment come flooding back. We are lucky that in such a modern, digital age we can capture our own photographs of our children and store them forever. Each little thing they do, right from their very grand entrance into the world, we capture their first yawns, tiny details, smiles, giggles, laughter.. the list is endless. Very rarely do we print our mobile phone snaps anymore because we can share them so freely on social media. Many of which they won’t see for probably several years.
There is something special about photography but empowering and instilling self esteem has been researched greatly and the evidence shows that when children see photographs of themselves, it improves their confidence and self esteem. After all, we want to nurture our little ones enough so that when they are ready to spread their wings and fly out into the world, that they are strong enough, confident enough and love everything about themselves to really make a difference in their own way.
Professor Geoff Beattie, currently the Professor of Psychology at Edge Hill University said:
“We cannot underestimate the power of photographs to keep us feeling linked to others and belonging. They cement us into our networks.
For children in particular, looking at photographs is part of the socialising process; learning who you are and where you fit into the family.
By displaying photographs of our children at different stages of their lives, we are making a very public statement that we are proud of them.”
One of the reasons that photography is so powerful is that we’re a very visual species.
Thinking about this, when we see group photographs from a night out, we look for ourselves don’t we? Or when our little one comes home with the school photographs and you open the class envelope, they frantically search to find themselves. ‘It’s me!’ They will tell you, excitedly!
I smile so much when I see this, so I can only imagine how happy others are to see their own children’s portraits.
To help with this, I have a limited time offer for children who are booked in for a Self Esteem Child Portrait Session for £49 including one 10x8 Fine Art Print.
Social media is great for sharing with family and friends, for likes and shares but why not take advantage of the emotional and psychological benefits of seeing photographs on large format frames and products around your home? A sense of belonging and togetherness. Touching that photograph or print or album stimulates our brains far more than looking at them on Facebook when someone likes or comments on it.
Remember, they won’t stay little for long and it is always time we wish we had back, we wish we did more, we wish we’d spent more time together. Put an end to those regrets and live for now, build up that legacy of love and memories.
Let’s see their images up on our walls! To find out more about booking these sessions, please click here.
For now, see you soon!