We have all heard the quote, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” But what does that mean? The quote refers to the idea that a picture can more easily describe something complex. I actually like to think it means something different, but more on that in a bit. It’s also pretty common for people to say the one thing (besides anything living) they would take from a fire is pictures or photo albums. Does that make them priceless? How much is a picture worth?
Are Pictures Worth 1000 Words?
Have you looked at old photos with a child lately? They ask so many questions. Where was that picture taken? Who are you with? What are you wearing? Why are you laughing? In that moment, a picture can spark memories otherwise forgotten and bring you right back to where you can hear the laughter, you can smell the food cooking, and you can feel the hugs. Pictures tell a story. Sometimes the story is 300 words, 500 words, 1000 words or an entire novel.
Are Pictures Priceless?
Of course I’m going to say pictures are priceless, I’m a photographer! You cannot recreate that moment in time. That is why so many people would take photos from their house if there was a fire. But, like so many things a pictures value changes over time.
When you first take a photo or have family photos taken, your initial value of them is high. They’re fresh, they’re new, you love them. Then, as a small amount of time goes by, they begin to collect a little dust. But as years and decades go by, their value begins to go up even higher than when first taken.
Think about pictures of your kids. You loved those baby pictures when they were first taken. Then, you put them in a book or left them on your computer. Now maybe its 5, 10, 15, 20 years later and those baby pictures now begin to mean even more because your baby is no longer a baby. Those pictures are what you have left from a fleeting moment in time. Think about pictures of your own parents from when you were growing up. It could be years and years without looking at them but when you do go through them again, you love them even more.
What’s it all mean?
Pictures are not just files on your computer or pieces of paper in a frame or album. They are fleeting moments frozen in time. They spark memories and emotions. They give you a way to tell your story to your kids, grandkids, friends, etc. They are your legacy.
What should you do?
Get in the picture. As much as you don’t want to, maybe your hair isn’t done or your make up isn’t on…get in the picture anyway. It’s not for you, it’s for your family.
The best pictures are the ones taken. They are not the perfect, everyone smile at the camera pictures. Those are beautiful, but they’re portraits. Don’t forget to take the real pictures; the real smiles, the real laughs, the real moments, the real chaos of life and routines.
Find a photographer who will capture your unique, one of a kind family. You want real emotion, real smiles, the details of your kids and for that session to become a fun memory. You don’t want your kids looking back years from now saying, yeah that’s another photo from a session mom dragged us to get our Christmas card pictures taken.
Print your pictures. Don’t fill your home with just your yearly family pictures. Print the every day moments too. Fill your home with your family’s story, your legacy.