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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. 

Senior Portraits

Choosing a Senior Portrait Photographer

A high school senior's final year of their formal education is one of the most exciting times in their lives, and a staple of that busy year along with events such as homecoming, prom, and the finale of graduation is their senior portrait photo shoot. If approached distinctly, and with a knowledgeable photographer, such a photo session can be just as memorable as the aforementioned events and can incorporate a student’s unique personality and style.

A set of senior portraits can serve in a variety of ways, ranging from gifts given to family and friends, to uses in graduation invitations and announcements. Additionally, they also become great keepsakes between classmates allowing them over the years to reminisce on their friendships and times spent together. Such photos however, especially in a smaller community, can tend to imitate one another; which is to be expected when similar backdrops and themes are used; and of course student’s may wish to have photos similar to their peers. Similarity though, can still integrate uniqueness, and the completion of the session can remain a unique, fun, and engaging experience.

To ensure unforgettable and distinct senior photos, and have a fun and engaging experience with your photographer, there are a few points to consider:

1.       Choose a photographer who is capable of relating to the senior and engages them in an inclusive and attentive manner; such photographers generally have a witty and exuberant personality.

2.       Consult with your photographer regarding any backdrop settings you may feel are common in others’ portraits; they can assist in suggesting alternate settings that will set the final product apart.

3.       Discuss with the photographer any personal items, clothing, or themes wanting to be incorporated into the photos; this will assist them in preparation and ensure the needs are able to be met.

4.       Before the shoot, ensure communication is open and details such as time and place are confirmed; keeping on schedule allows the photographer and subject ample time to work together and not feel rushed.

Many photographers express a genuine enjoyment in working with high school seniors, as they feel there’s an exuberance and vitality not found when shooting other subjects: seniors are excited to be photographed in such a professional fashion, are generally in the know of the current styles and fashions, and enjoy interacting with the photographer, a professional working with them in a mature and inclusive way.

Ensure a matchless set of photos by working with an engaging photographer and consulting with them on the key points mentioned before. By doing this, undoubtedly the student’s senior portrait session will be one they remember, and the final product will become a cherished keepsake in their and others’ personal belongings.  


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A Child's First Year

Capturing Images of Your Child After The New Born Session

When a newborn first arrives into this world, there are a million new moments in their life that are milestones, not only in their progress, but in a parent’s as well, and these moments will no doubt want to be preserved by a professional photographer as much as possible.

There are many benefits for professionally capturing moments in a child’s life, and as discussed in 3 ways family photography can raise a child's self-esteem, professional photography gives children a sense of belonging, a sense of self, and shows they are loved and cared for.

Professional photographs within a child’s first year may vary in style, but often consist of the following:

Newborn Portraits - Although not a new occurrence, many popular styles of these types of photographs have emerged in the modern age of digital cameras, Photoshop, and social media. Such styles include portraits of the newborn in basic back, side, and tummy poses; photos of the tiny details such as their feet and hands; and photos with creative props such as wicker baskets and textured cloth.

Holiday Photos - These are a staple amongst parents with newborns, as what can be cuter than a baby surrounded by small Halloween pumpkins, them in an oversized Thanksgiving Turkey hat, or nestled in a Christmas stocking? These types of photos become excellent holiday gifts and are often used in cards sent to family and friends and also signify the inclusion of a new member into family traditions and celebrations.

1st Birthday -A child’s first year is a moment to celebrate indeed, as it’s a culmination of a parent’s hard work, determination, and care for their child in a very important time in their life; and it signifies the beginning of a string of milestones the child will pass and celebrate themselves each coming year. Photographs taken during a child’s 1st birthday capture images such as the child’s messy eating of the cake, opening of presents, and popular these days, their holding or standing next to a number or announcement of their age.

A professional photographer can ensure that as a parent, you can be a part of your child’s extraordinary beginning in life, every step of the way, and not have to worry about the details of recording and archiving the wonderment of your child’s first steps in life. As a parent you can include yourself with your child in front of the camera and capture the genuine essence of your family and the joy brought forth with the new edition to the world.