Random thoughts about portraits

"Baylee"  (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2017, Cle Elum, WA.  Sometimes a simple corner of a staircase landing is the place to find beauty and strength. I used the natural light from a window (camera right) for this portrait.

"Baylee"  (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2017, Cle Elum, WA.  Sometimes a simple corner of a staircase landing is the place to find beauty and strength. I used the natural light from a window (camera right) for this portrait.

Sometimes my brain likes to flit around within itself and light on particular thoughts for a moment or two.  If the thoughts are intriguing I will follow them down the rabbit hole.  If the thoughts are of the "yeah, that might be interesting someday" category, I'll stash them in the "unsorted laundry pile" of thoughts. (Wait, am I the only one with an "unsorted laundry pile" of thoughts?)

Today, I'm sifting through the "unsorted laundry pile" of thoughts about why portraits are important.

The Tail End

 There is a great blog titled, "Wait But Why?" The blog is a compilation of deep thoughts illustrated by stick figures. (Whatever works, right?)  My first unsorted thought is courtesy of "Wait But Why".

Have you considered that when you graduated from high school, you had already used up 93% of your in-person parent time with your parents?  If you're in your thirties now you are enjoying the last 5% of that time. You’re in the tail end.

"When you look at that reality, you realize that despite not being at the end of your life, you may very well be nearing the end of your time with some of the most important people in your life."
"We're in the tail end." (The Tail End by Tim Urban)

I'm whispering in your ear now..."There's really not much time left. Document your relationships in a portrait. Be present during the moments that are left."

(Thank you to my colleague Katie Donnelly for bringing this article to my attention.)

The Wall Portrait and your Child's Self-Esteem

Here's the bottom line. When your child sees herself as part of the family unit hanging on the wall she sees a constant reminder of who she is and where she fits into the family. She learns the family story.

The psychology of how wall portraits influence your child's self-esteem can be found in this great article by Chris Cummins.

I'm whispering in your ear now..."Tell your child's story in pictures. Let her know she is a priority in your life. Build a strong base of family patterns, family history, family belonging. Tell your family story now because her priorities will change as she grows. Her friends, her own family will become her story."

 

"Under the brim" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2017, Thurmont, MD. While I edited this image I saw my father's nose, mouth, chin and his tiny, contented smile. This is where "I fit in." This is where he lives on.

"Under the brim" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2017, Thurmont, MD. While I edited this image I saw my father's nose, mouth, chin and his tiny, contented smile. This is where "I fit in." This is where he lives on.

Not so random after all

Okay, maybe those thoughts weren't so random after all. They were only unsorted, undeveloped. The thoughts lead to one point...your moment is now. Document that moment in a portrait.

So...what is your story?  Are you ready to document your self, your story, your family in a portrait? We can do that. Give me a call or drop an email.

And, may your coming week be filled with sunshine, cool breezes, and giggles.

P.S. I have been invited to post an "instagram takeover" for @seemagazine_ir starting June 8. For 7 days I'll be posting past and current portraits.  You might want to take a look or two.