Why spend money on Family Portraits? 5 reasons photography is a smart thing to invest in

There are a lot of things we spend money on.

Consider how many things you’ve purchased in the last month.

Now think about how many of those items are still being used and how many are hidden away in a closet or a drawer never to be seen again.

The truth is, we buy a lot of stuff!


So how are portraits any different?

In this post, you’ll find out exactly why family photography is a smart thing to buy and the top 5 reasons why you should spend money on portraits instead of something else.

There aren’t many things in our lives that stand the test of time. Favorite clothing falls apart in a few years (if it even makes it that long!)

Even our homes need an upgrade every decade or so.

So there’s actually a very small category of things that last more than a few years. And even fewer items still that stay with us our entire lives.

It also helps to think of the amount of time you will use and enjoy something when making a purchase.

Some things might seem expensive initially, but considering how long they will last, the cost actually ends up being less than buying a cheaper product and then having to replace it down the line.

This is why I always try to purchase the best available product within a category. It’s simply the smartest choice (which I learned from the experience of buying and suffering through some cheap products).

This is why I have a $5,000 camera – I love the photographs it produces and it still acts brand new even after years of hard use.

This doesn’t mean that you should spend money indiscriminately.

In fact, you should consider every purchase with incredible seriousness, because every single item you bring into your home should be purposeful and intentional.

The point is, every purchase matters and investing in items that will last longer but are perhaps more expensive is the wise choice.

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

If you know anything about me, you probably know that I like to keep things minimal and simple in my home. Which bring me to the concept of trying to surround yourself with objects that bring you joy – yes, following the Marie Kondo method of getting rid of anything that doesn’t. This is the methodology I subscribe to in my own home, and I would recommend nothing less for my clients.

I also don’t know of any more joyous item to have than family photographs!

Our family photos are precious – often the most precious things we have (which is why people save them first in a fire). So when you’re considering what to spend your money on, why not spend it on something you KNOW you will cherish and enjoy?

Large framed family photograph in white frame hanging above the bed in the bedroom. Studio family portrait by N. Lalor Photography in Greenwich Connecticut.
It’s a proven fact that children’s confidence goes up when they see portraits of themselves on the wall. This is especially important for adopted children. Having family portraits that they pass every day creates a belonging and a feeling of safety that all children require. Likewise, when we pass a portrait of our children laughing, we tend to smile to ourselves.

We might not notice this, but over time, looking at family portraits creates a noticeable lifting in mood, confidence, and overall feeling of closeness to our family. It’s something that’s hard to quantify, but is also fairly unique to photographs, which is why you’re always getting more than meets the eye when you choose to display your family images.

Large family with dog printed photograph, framed in the living room. Studio family portrait by N. Lalor Photography in Greenwich Connecticut.
No other item is as multi-purpose as portraits. Think about all the ways you can use them! You can use the digital versions to make gorgeous holiday cards. You can decorate your home in multiple ways that suit every style and budget – from large impactful frames to small printed portraits and self-contained albums. You can also share your photos online with family and friends at any time you wish. There are literally an infinite number of ways you can use your portraits!

Large framed portrait of father and his two sons hanging above a tufted sofa. Studio family portrait by N. Lalor Photography in Greenwich Connecticut.
Usually, when we buy things, they’re for one person to use and enjoy. But family photos, they can be enjoyed by several people within a family, all at once. You can share/gift portraits to grandparents, enjoy them in your home, display them so your children to pass by them every day, and look back on them with your spouse to reminisce whenever you like. Everybody can enjoy your family portraits, not just you!

Every single day, we make decisions about what to spend our money on. Unfortunately those decisions are often based on impulses, fleeting desires, or being swayed by advertising. I truly believe that we should all take full control over what we spend our money on, make smarter decisions for ourselves and our family, and plan for every dollar that leaves our wallet so that we can create lives and homes that make us happy and fulfilled.

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What happens if you decide on the headshot photographer to hire, they do the work, and in the end, you’re not quite happy with the result? I’ve heard from clients of previous experiences of paying money for headshots and not actually using any of the images because the quality wasn’t on par with their expectations. ⁠

This doesn’t mean that the photographer they hired was bad, it simply means that things didn’t work out, and that happens! ⁠

Which is why it’s important to hire a photographer who will stand behind their work. And a guarantee is always good to have. Personally I will either do a complimentary re-shoot or refund all money paid if a client isn’t satisfied with their headshots – and that’s not a problem at all!⁠

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Baby portraits are not only super cute, but they’re also usually pretty stress-free. When your child is young, they are curious about the world but are limited in their mobility. They can sit, crawl, and play with their feet.. things that they will stop doing really quickly as they move on to walking and toddling about. ⁠

Trust me when I say that things get a lot harder to capture on film once that cute chubby baby starts walking. 🙈⁠

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Back about 4 years ago, I made the decision to get my own commercial Studio space. This idea came out of a simple conversation with a friend at a coffee shop where I confessed that I kind of wanted a space of my own. I searched online and found the perfect brown-carpeted, yellow-walled little spot, with three South-facing windows!⁠

So I signed a 5-year lease and spent two months doing all the renovations myself to save money (I did have help from a friend for the floor installation, thankfully). ⁠

Today, most clients will remark at how pretty and calming the space is. Not only is it fully child-safe, but it’s also the perfect spot for family portraits and headshots! ⁠

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With family portrait sessions, you’re always getting a very nicely packaged product which will keep your photographs safe for future generations. Plus, here are some other features..⁠

1️⃣ Fast turnaround, your printed Collection is ready for in-home delivery within 1 week.⁠

2️⃣ All products are kept in stock and printing is done in-house.⁠

3️⃣ Individually sourced handcrafted products from other small and US-based companies (basically, I find the best of the best, and then put everything together!).⁠

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It’s when we sit down together and go over your vision, how you want to present yourself and your business online, who your target market is, what products or services you offer, and what sets you apart from your competition. ⁠

During this 1-hour Zoom call, we focus on distilling that vision into concepts we can recreate for your photoshoot. Without a strategy, all we would have are some pretty pictures. But by deliberately planning and diving deep into what makes you and your business different, we can create imagery that goes beyond the surface level.⁠

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In 2015, I got laid off from my job. 😓 In fact, this was the second layoff I’ve experienced. Big advertising agencies want people in NYC, not Connecticut. But I had to be close by to pick up my children (I had my second boy in 2014) from daycare and couldn’t commute as my husband did. So instead of going out and trying to find another corporate design job (I was a Senior Art Director at that point), I decided to focus solely on my photography as my only income.⁠

❓ How did you go all in on your business? Were you pushed into it a bit, like me? Or did you take another path?⁠

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Printed photographs are already amazing to begin with. Having printed portraits vs just digital is by far the best way to enjoy and preserve your memories. And when you’re paying a premium to work with a professional photographer (let’s face it, a friend with a camera or your iPhone are very much FREE), you should walk away with a gorgeous product that reflects that investment: prints that are 100% MUSEUM QUALITY, and nothing less.⁠

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➡️ Do you set business GOALS?⁠

The very first thing you should consider when setting goals is YOU. Think about what’s most important in your life and base your goals around your priorities. If you feel it’s important to expand your knowledge, set a goal to do a course or take a class this year. If you want your business to grow, set a goal to make $100K this year. If family is your top priority, plan family vacations or a weekly dinner out in order to make sure it happens in your life. Goals don’t actually have to be what anyone else thinks they should. You goal can simply be to take a two-week vacation this summer. That’s a totally legit goal! Because your goals are your own, they can be anything you like and you can truly focus on the areas in your life where you feel like to need to advance, push yourself, and be better.⁠

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📍: Greenwich Ave. in Greenwich.⁠

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Yes, family sessions are ON in the Studio! I wear a mask 100% of the time and have an air purifier with a 3-part filtration system that captures 99% of common airborne PM 2.5 pollutants as it circulates the air. Keeping everyone safe is always a top priority! ⁠

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