Be in Photos with your kids, for your kids

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Toronto Portrait Photographer | Mother and Child | Contemporary Portraits

It's so important for us to create images that can be a legacy for our family. To be in photos with your kids, for your kids.

A woman cuddles with her baby son during a mother and child portrait session by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell

It’s so easy now to take endless photos, post them online and forget about them. 
These images can often have the most memorable stories behind them, stories that will be told and retold at family gatherings. But with the advent of our digitised world, so many of these images are lost when computers, phones crash and physical copies do not exist.

A woman cuddles with her baby son during a mother and child portrait session by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell

I posted a call for participants in a Mother and Child photoshoot after speaking to a mothers’ group about the importance of recording images.
I shared with them why I think it is so important for us to record our history, and print the photos that mean something to us.

A woman cuddles with her baby daughter during a mother and child portrait session by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell

All too often, and mums’ in particular, will step into the background when there is an opportunity to take a photo of the kids. Maybe they are the ones behind the camera. I wanted to give these women an opportunity to be in a photo with their little ones.  Be pampered, and enjoy lovely hair and make up at the same time.

A woman cuddles with her baby son during a mother and child portrait session by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell

Personally, I love revisiting old photos. Whenever I am home in New Zealand, I will flick through my old albums and other family photos.  Some photos really stick in my mind, and I can almost feel myself there again.  There’s one where I am in our back yard running towards the camera. I was wearing my mum’s sunnies, which were huge on my probably 4 year old face, with my uncle in the background. I love it but I couldn’t tell you exactly why.

There are so many reasons to print out favourite images that resonate with you.
You may have seen this article not so long ago, where the vice-president of Google warned of a “digital black hole”.
We only need to look at developments in the last 20 years where floppy disks were superceded by CD. CD has been superceded by USB. And now cloud storage is becoming more popular than USB.

A woman cuddles with her baby son during a mother and child portrait session by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell

You don’t need to only print professional photos though. Print out your favourite Instagram or Facebook images. Make a photo book of all the images you love from the previous year, or holidays you have taken. Have something tangible that records your memories.

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