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Why It’s Important to Have/Take Your Kids’ Portraits As Often As You Can

October 1, 2012
kid behind tree, portraits
May 2004

 Parents who miss their children or those who are reluctant to see their grown-up children leave their nest can only wish that they could turn back the time to when the children were still little.  Even with modern technology, man still hasn’t found a way to travel through time. However, there is a way for us to freeze time and go back to it anytime we wish. Photographs and memories allow us to capture special moments with our loved ones and keep it alive in our hearts.

Today’s gadgets make it easy for us to capture any moment in our children’s life.  The doting parents of a first born child can rarely be seen without a camera to document every expression that their baby makes.  Most people love to take pictures of babies that portray expressions of pure joy and innocence.  Parents usually have plenty of baby and toddler pictures of their kids compiled in albums and scrapbooks that they browse through from time to time.  Sadly, the pictures start to dwindle as the child grows older and family members become too busy to take pictures.


People decide to stop taking pictures or fail to have their portraits taken for different reasons, but picture taking isn’t something that we should take for granted.  There may come a time when our memory fails us and the only thing that we can hold on to is the image of our past.  A year without a photograph is like a year gone missing in our memory lane.  As parents, having your kid’s portrait done every year is an investment in the future joys that it will bring for the family.  The children may not appreciate their photographs during the awkward stages of their teens but this will change when they start having their own kids.  Photos that show a person’s transformation from childhood to adulthood are also great materials for presentations on weddings, commemorative events and other special occasions.

Getting a family portrait taken by a professional photographer during special occasions and milestones ensures the preservation of family bonding moments that can last a lifetime.  A well taken picture doesn’t only paint a thousand words but it also holds tons of memories that we can go back to when the sentiments of old age come to visit us in the future. 

Thus, the mamarazzi in me has always tried to capture my kids’ milestones, their important moments and even some that they won’t be proud of. Let me share them to you. Here’s hoping that later on, my kids will be thankful that I’ve documented these.


kid behind a tree, kid portraits
November 2011
  1. Something I should have done as soon as I gave birth to Una. Sadly I lost all of her first year photos, my hard drive crashed. 🙁 We will definitely have one Christmas (family) and on her birthday.

  2. It’s always nice to look back at old photos and relive memories. Sometimes we need to capture those priceless memories and moments in photographs as it can help us in appreciating how far we’ve been and so goes for kids. We like to see how far they’ve gone and remember those timestamps through photographs.

  3. I agree. Photos are meant to immortalize special periods in our lives so we’ll have something to look back to as we reminisce good times. I admit I’m guilty of not being able to do this. Inasmuch as I would like to commit everything to memory, I don’t think it’s possible. 🙁 Thank goodness for Facebook! At least, there are several pictures I can pore over when I feel like going back in time.

  4. Video presentations about the groom and bride during receptions are some of my most favorite parts of a wedding. My only issue is my kiddo hates facing the camera. But I click anyway (bahala sya, lol)

    P.S. Are these models your girls sis? Ang gaganda!

  5. oh yes! Photographs do capture special memories. I am half way off with my eldest first year of life album. Thanks to digital scrap booking…

  6. one thing I regret so much… I only had few photos taken when Ryz was growing up. Even her video of her 1st birthday was lost. 🙁
    too much memories lost…

    1. Aww sorry to hear that. We tend to take photos of our kids every month to document their growth and we make sure that all photos are safe in print and in digital.

  7. Thanks for the inventor of camera, we can document the growth of our children and the feeling of getting their pictures, either stolen or not is beyond compare. I do love to take portraits of my kids.

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