Over at our portraiture studio, we’ve been doing a bit of reading lately to find out more about something that we’ve suspected for a long while: family portraiture really does bring families together. After some digging, we found a lot of great information about the positive benefits of self-esteem and togetherness that portraiture can bring to a family. Relax, you don’t have to go out and find all the research yourself. We’ve compiled and condensed some of awesome literature and notes about the benefits of family portraiture.
Taking it all the way back to the 70s, a study was done where children got to take pictures for themselves and scrapbook them. Afterward, the kids’ self-esteem shot up thanks to their experience taking fun pictures of themselves, from fun poses to action shots and creating something they felt proud of with those pictures. This feeling is easy to identify with- think about whenever you take a ‘selfie’ or a group picture, and you actually like how you look in it! This experience is great for self-esteem, as this study found. And this was only the beginning!
From that initial study, research on pictures and well-being branched out into many different directions, including Art Therapy, PhotoTherapy, Therapeutic Photography, and even PhotoTherapy! Some clinical psychologists have expressed that depictions of the family as a family unit is extremely important because it reinforces the immediate family as a safe place to be, where they always fit in. On a very basic, core level, this is actually very comforting for kids. Having portraits that truly, accurately represent the essence of each person depicted as part of a cohesive whole hanging up casually throughout the home has so many benefits, many yet unexplored by psychologists. But the experts seem to agree that having a representation of the family up in the home is a great way to promote that family togetherness and self-esteem.
It’s also really important for parents, (yes, you parents!) to be a part of this experience. From the picture session to prints you bring home, showing that you are a part of the family unit and that it isn’t just all about the kids is healthy. It can help the portraits turn out beautifully as the kids work to mimic your posture and stand up just a little taller knowing that you’re right behind them. At Caitlyn Bom Fine Art Portraiture, we’ve seen it time and time again that parents shy away from being included, but the reality is that running into the picture arm and arm with your children promotes much more of a happy atmosphere, and that will come out in the portraits you take home.
Here are some great resources to learn more about just how this works, and how you can make it happen for your family:
More on photography and self-esteem
Website on phototherapy
How to display family portraits
Overall, family portraiture can send your kids a powerful message about safety, belonging, and family togetherness. If you’re looking for a way to bring the family together, what better way than having family portraits done by Caitlyn Bom Fine Art Portraiture. We’ll work with the starting images to create a true piece of art, where the spirit of each family member is set on display. We create not just pictures or snapshots, but family heirlooms to be passed down through the family from generation to generations. As the kids grow up, they’ll look back at the unit they were a part of and can get that same sense of togetherness and the individual importance they felt the same day the portraiture process began.