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The hidden benefits of family photography on your child’s well-being.

Let us dive into the benefits of family photography concerning your child’s self-image and confidence.

Do you remember growing up before digital cameras and camera phones? Did your parents display printed images of you and the family around your home? Well, studies show that this could have had a positive impact on your self-image and helped strengthen your connection to your family.

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“Children whose parents display family photographs in the home grow up with greater confidence and sense of belonging, it has been revealed.
Photography in the home reportedly makes children feel valued and gives them a rich understanding of where they come from.
Research conducted by Venture New Generation Portraits found that the number of photographs parents display of their children is heavily influenced by how many photos of themselves they remember in their homes when growing up.”

Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1117243/Family-photographs-help-develop-childs-positive-self-image.html

It makes sense if you think about it. When your child paints a nice picture or gets a good report at school, you hang it on the fridge to honour them. This conveys to your child that you are proud of them. Likewise, when you display images of your family and children around your home, it subconsciously confirms to them that they’re important and loved. When your child feels a strong sense of belonging, they are more likely to feel more secure and confident.

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Studies show the benefits of family photography on children’s self-esteem following a photography session.

According to research, when children regularly see photos of themselves and their family unit, it can help boost their confidence.

In 1975, Tulane University conducted a 5-week study that explored the impact of portrait photography on 4th graders. The children who participated in the experiment all experienced a significant increase in behavioural self-esteem.

“For children, in particular, looking at photographs is part of the socializing process; learning who you are and where you fit into the family. By displaying photographs of our children at different stages of their lives, we are making a very public statement that we are proud of them,” says Professor Geoff Beattie, Head of School and Dean of Psychological Sciences at the University of Manchester.

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Printed Photos matter more than digital images.

In today’s technological age, we all enjoy having access to our digital photos on our mobile devices. Studies estimate that in the past 5 years, more images have been created than in the entire history of photography leading up to it combined!

Today’s generation is the most photographed in history, but they run the risk of having no photographs in 10 years time. We all take a snap on our iPhones to commemorate a moment. Whether that be a family holiday, a new pet or a selfie of friends to share on social media. But the problem is, after a few days these images just get lost in the history of time. Sure, the ones posted on social media will satisfy your hunger for likes, but without printing these images, they disappear down our feeds or camera rolls, never to be seen again.

We all remember early digital camera memory cards and CDs, some of us will even remember floppy drives. Have any of you got these lying around, but now have no device that can read their contents to see what is on them? How many of us have put data and images on a portable USB drive only to have the drive fail or now find that they are only putting USB3 ports on computers so can’t even get data off a drive from just a couple of years ago?

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Vint Cerf (Vice-president of Google) has even stated in a conference that people should go back to using photograph albums, warning everybody is at risk of losing old digital files. Speaking at a conference in San Jose, California, Mr Cerf warned that it was time to start preserving the vast quantities of digital data that are produced before they are lost.

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He likened the problem to the Dark Ages, the period in Britain between the 5th and 8th centuries, of which little is known.

“If we don’t find a solution, our 21st century will be an information black hole,” he said. “Future generations will wonder about us, but they will have very great difficulty knowing about us.

“We stand to lose a lot of our history.”

It is estimated that less than 1 in every 100,000 photographs taken today end up getting printed. The digital world means that if you have access to a screen with some sort of operating system that can display the images you can view them. But what happens in 10 years when the data files from today can no longer be supported by the new operating systems? How many of you have old mobile phones with pictures on them that you can no longer access? Perhaps you even came to us for photographs but only opted to get the digital files. What have you done with them since? Doesn’t it seem a real shame if they only exist in digital format on a USB drive?

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The Power of Print

Both Sara and I know exactly where our parents keep their photo albums and boxes of photos. We both love looking through them to see our parents and grandparents back in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Don’t you want excitement for your family in the future?

Don’t feel too bad if you haven’t been keeping a box of photos or albums – Even we find it hard to remember at times, but we know how important it is and try to make sure we print important images from our milestone events out so that they can safely be archived in a box than just be flipped through at some point in the future.

Displaying photos prominently in the home sends the message that our family and those in it are important to one another, and we honor the memories we have experienced,“ says Cathy Lander-Goldberg, a licensed clinical social worker and a professional photographer in St. Louis, Missouri. “It says we love you and care about you. You’re important.”

Cathy Lander-Goldberg, a licensed clinical social worker and a professional photographer in St. Louis, Missouri.

Printed Photos are a legacy that your children will treasure when they grow older

Whether you take your own family photos or hire professionals like ourselves to help you do it, make sure you get some of those images printed. Print and display these in your home, either on the walls or in photo albums that can easily be accessed to flip through with your children or your relatives. Over the years, you will be so happy you did this. It is such a more tactile experience, and you will love it! When was the last time you scrolled back through the thousands of trivial images stored in your phone? Please don’t allow your family history to get lost in the digital fog that is thousands of nonsense images on your phone.

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The Benefits of family photography on your child.

  • Boosts self-esteem and confidence
  • Enhances family bonds
  • Preserves memories and creates a sense of continuity
  • Improves social skills
  • Encourages positive self-image
  • Supports emotional expression
  • Creates lasting bonds with family and traditions

Do you want to learn more about our family photo sessions and the products that we have available for you to display and treasure these amazing memories of your growing family? Please get in touch and we can discuss what we can do to help you.

June/July 2024 – Special offer.

We belive so strongly in the importance of displaying family photography in your home that we are offering a 25% discount off all wall art products purchased from shoots booked in June and July 2024.

Wall art options start at £495 -25% = £371.25

If you are ready to book, please reach out here.

www.therushbys.co.uk/family-sessions-25-off-wall-art/

We can’t wait to speak with you and discuss how we can create lasting memories for you and your family.

Lee

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