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Annuals

Why you should get your photo taken every year

Families are often associated with the “yearly family photo,” but yearly photos are something everyone should partake in. It doesn’t matter if you’re single or married with a family; you should get your photo taken every year.

Every now and then, there are stories about people who took a photo of themselves for years. One of those stories was about Noah Kalina. For 12-and-a-half years, Kalina took a picture of himself every day, and in 2012, he posted a compilation of those photos as a YouTube video.

The video is striking and, a bit, eerie—due in part to the soundtrack that accompanies the video. It lets you view how this man, Kalina, lived his life for 12 years. You see how his appearance changes, and you view some of the different life stages he passes through as the background changes and he ages.

In another similar case, Zed Nelson, a photographer, documents the life of a family in his project, The Family. Nelson photographs a family on the same day for 24 years. It’s a lovely project that shows the way members of a family change over time.

Both projects act as a record of the lives of the people photographed, and they carry flavors of the yearly school pictures you took in school as a kid. At the moment, school pictures seem bothersome and annoying, but looking back at the school photos, it’s hard not to smile. Yearly photos—whether school-themed or not—are a fun and easy way to document the changes you go through as time passes.

Yearly photos have the obvious benefit of acting as a way to record memories, but there’s more. Have you ever looked at photos and felt nostalgic? According to John Tierney, a columnist at The New York Times, feelings of nostalgia have psychological benefits.

“Nostalgia has been shown to counteract loneliness, boredom and anxiety. It makes people more generous to strangers and more tolerant of outsiders. Couples feel closer and look happier when they’re sharing nostalgic memories. On cold days, or in cold rooms, people use nostalgia to literally feel warmer,” writes Tierney.

What about that bittersweet feeling you get when you hear an old song on the radio, and it reminds you of the good times you’ve had in the past? That feeling is also nostalgia, and you can get it by reminiscing over yearly photos of you and your pals. You could make it a tradition, like the five guys who took the same photo every year, for 30 years.

Taking your picture every year is the kind of thing that doesn’t seem useful until 20 or 50 years have passed. You’ll thank yourself for getting those pictures taken when years down the line you have plenty of photos to get nostalgic over. You’ll also get to see how you and your family have changed.

It’s not easy to see the use of this until years have passed. 20 or 50 years from now it will be nice to be able to look back at your life and reminisce about the changes you’ve experienced. You and your family will experience many positive changes, and it’ll be nice to look back and remember those times.

Mommy and Me

What is a Mommy and Me Session?

A Mommy and Me photography session allows the mother to be captured in photos with their child or children. You may think this isn't difficult, especially with all of the technology out there, but what we find is it is exactly the opposite of what you may be thinking.  With parents working dual incomes, and even with stay at home mothers, cell phone images are replacing family portraiture.  Mothers are snapping images of their children throughout the day, and even posting the images on Facebook, but guess what?  Mom is not in the photo, and the images may or may not be saved or even archived.  As much as we like photo sharing websites nowadays, we all know the images are lost, not saved in the proper folder, or we cannot find them.  Mommy and Me photography sessions let the mother take the time to get in beautiful photos with their children for memories to come.  Read more about the importance of archiving photos

 

Ideally scheduled once a year, you may start as early as 6 months.  It is ideal to find a photographer you enjoy working with and continually schedule with them as the years go by.   This allows the child to get to know the photographer, and feel comfortable with the photographer, capturing the best images of you and your little ones for years to come.  Using the same photograpaher through the years, also allows you to be as diverse in venue and backdrops as little or as much as possible.  Many photographers can almost reproduce the same set up, for years to come, for fun prints, albums, and framed options - if you like.   

 

At tak-ful.com studios, we strive for classic and simple images, with minimal props, as we believe props can often times take away from the simple and soft beauty of a mother and her children, and may ‘date’ the images when viewed years later.  With that being said, we encourage neutral clothing and colors, and of course recommend the printing of the images, for sharing or display.  CLICK HERE to read more about why prints matter and kindly fill out the schedule form to schedule a Mommy and Me photo session. 

High School

 

I had so much fun with these high school girls. Beautiful from the inside out!

I was so impressed by their ability to work together and how they complimented each other's strengths.  It was such an amazing experience working with them all.

And their favorite teacher?  She was priceless.  It was so nice to see leadership like this.  ...of course fueled by the passion to make a difference.  

And the mother that helped transport them?  She was awesome in so many ways.  Loved her!

Thank you for all your hard work ladies! 

 

SHOOT PREP

How to prepare for a photo shoot

1.       Pre plan outfits paying attention to color schemes.  Colors that compliment your complexion/s are best.  When deciding what to wear for the special day, you may want to concentrate on whites and creams, or consult Pinterest for an array of color schemes and ideas.  Please note accessories and shoes are just as important as the outfit.  It is also a good idea to choose colors that contrast with your hair color.  For set, styling, outfit, and accesory ideas, please visit our Pinterest page at:  https://www.pinterest.com/takfulphotos/

2.       Professional Hair & Makeup is always strongly recommended:
Schedule a hair & makeup artist with your appointment ending 30-45 mins before you have to leave for the shoot.  (pad the timing between)  Also plan to keep powder and lip colors handy on the set.

3.       Enjoy a manicure and pedicure the night before.  Keep in mind your toe nails are just as important as your fingernails.

4.       Note:  Be sure to coordinate the timing of your shoot with your routine hair maintenance.  a.k.a.  If it’s time to touch up your roots, and you need to schedule your color treatment, make sure your shoot is scheduled after your highlights and color.

5.       If there are small kids involved, set expectations with the kids beforehand.  Let them know how important it is to look at the camera, and the photographer holding the camera. 

6.       Also, when children are involved, be sure to set expectations with the adults as well.  Make it very clear to all the adults how important it is to only have the photographer talk to the children.  It is too common that the parents stand to the side of the photographer, and think they are helping, and in the end the child/or children look away from the camera as there are too many people trying to get the children’s attention.

To book a session, kindly fill out the "Schedule" form on our Connect page at:  http://www.tak-ful.com/connect/