July 15, 2021
Why family photographs are important
This past Spring, I helped my parents move out of their Northern Virginia home that they lived in for 27 years. I have carried more boxes and handled more items of nostalgia than I care to admit. I adore old photos, as you might have guessed, and I found plenty while packing things up. Going through my childhood items, boxes from my moms childhood, and photos from hundreds of family vacations got me thinking: why are family photographs so important?
Oddly enough, an episode from the Hidden Brain podcast titled “Why We Hold Onto Things” aired on a day I was packing. The host goes on to say that when we hold onto a special item from someone we are essentially holding onto that person. For example, throwing away a blanket from Granny is like throwing away Granny herself. Our brains relate the two items so closely that it’s hard to let it go. The same goes for a ticket stub, a button, a piece of furniture, clothing, and photos, etc. All of these items elicit a defined memory from the storehouse that is our brain. In the same respect, family photographs allow us to mentally time travel and conjure up feelings and details we might not otherwise remember.
Family photographs tell a story.
Photographs freeze a memory in a way that allows you to cherish it for years to come. They help you feel close to people as well. When you share photographs with family members then they are now connected to you through that moment in the picture. You are inviting them into the feelings, environment, and story of that photo.
The items and photographs we own are connected to us and who we are as people. I love taking family photos because it is a gift to you and your kids. Capturing moments between your family to be enjoyed for years is what drives me in running my business.
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