When consulting with clients, we often talk about timing. Some people know when they want photos and how often. Some have them taken every year, such as in the fall before school or during summer vacation. Or they do them every three years. Some like to vary the season, location or theme.
Others come to me for guidance. I always say that frequency depends on how old the kids are and how they plan to use the photos. In general, younger children need new photos taken often. Little ones grow so quickly. Here are two sets photos of the same family. One was taken when the baby was three weeks old; the other at seven months. (You can read more about their beautiful story here.)
And merely six months later...
I recommend that children under age two have photos taken every six months. Families with children ages ten and under should get family photos every one to two years. When the kids are over age ten, take family photos every two to four years.
Some families choose professional shots less frequently, but “go big” when they do. They get large wall displays for various rooms of the house and update them every few years. Others choose to have sessions more often, but alternate wall displays one room at a time and use albums for yearly updates. Digital files let clients easily share with friends and family and keep for archiving purposes, no matter their frequency.
Which option is right for you? How old are your kids? How do you want to display the portraits? Drop us a note or call. We would love to discuss your needs and how we can help you capture your family.
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