I spoke yesterday to a dear client of ours, Laree, who had called to set up an appointment in her home. Laree and I both lost our mothers this past holiday season and it didn’t take long for the conversation to shift to matters of the heart.

“Cheri,” she said, “I am so thankful for the pictures we took the fall of 2007.” (Laree’s family was in town and we had photographed everyone at the Tamaya in Bernalillo.) Laree, like most of our clients, is a “picture person” and makes certain special events in her life are photographed by Frank. After our conversation, I thought about those photos and how sad it is when a life ends and there isn’t a “good” picture of the person you lost. Over the past twenty years, I can’t tell you how often someone has brought in a snapshot of a group of people and ask that we remove all but one person, as that is the only photo they have. It’s understandable-we’re busy living life and often don’t come to the realization until after it’s too late to do anything about it. I’ve been in this business for a long time, and yet, it took losing my mom to realize the true value of the photos we have of her.

So, if you’ve been putting off that photo of your family: your mom, your dad, grandparents…I have one word for you: DON’T. Take the time to photograph the people you care about. If you think your photos are important to you now, imagine how much they’ll mean to you twenty years down the road….