The first picture, first week, first month, first birthday, first day of school, first dance and first day of college. There are roughly 18 years, 6570 days, 157,680 hours in that first sentence. For parents that time goes as fast as it took for me to write it. While we are living those 18 years the days are long but the years are oh so fast. Something I have often said and heard others say is, “I wish I had taken more photos and recorded more of the memories.” I thought I would remember every word and every expression. Every laugh, smile and tear. But the truth is, it all becomes a blur with certain highlights that stand out.
Photographs become our most prized possessions. They are the things our heart would mourn (besides a loved one) if lost to natural disaster, fire, or flood. We would get over the loss of our furniture, but not our pictures. Our pictures are moments frozen in time, memories of times gone by. They are what we cling to when our children are far away for one reason or another.
This is as much my story as it is many of yours. My son never liked to have his picture made, his school pictures ceased in grade school and Senior pictures were out of the question for him. I have often regretted not forcing the issue and insisting that he have them made. I was able several years ago to bribe him into letting me take his portraits. Nothing will make up for those lost moments though. My daughter has more than made up for his unwillingness to stand in front of a camera, she is addicted to having her portraits done.
I often hear of other mom’s that are having the debate of whether to have senior portraits made or not. As a mom who has been there and regrets not doing it please don’t let this milestone pass by without having portraits made. Senior portraits are so important to us as parents, grandparents and even future generations who love to look at images of their parents when they were young. This is likely the last portrait milestone before your child gets married. Don’t let it pass you by.