So, as some of you know, I make museum-quality silver gelatin hand-printed family portrait photographs using real film in vintage wood cameras. It’s a specialty for sure and the photographs are not easy nor inexpensive to create.
A friend said to me that I’d be lucky to give a photograph away, that no one wants family portraits anymore, no one has home galleries of their families, and no one cares about family photographs nowadays.
Q: Is that true? Does anyone here have family pictures hanging at home? How about young people, new families? Do you?
It seems to me family is everything and we’d be wise to have high-quality portraits made of each other. Created while they’re alive and in their prime. It lets us keep them always nearby and even shows how important they are to us. And it’s how our future generations will know us.
I have some portrait sessions with the big camera lined up into the fall so I know there are some people who want family photos. But that friend insists there aren’t many, that most people are happy with their phone snapshots. “Good enough is good enough, even if they’re not very good,” he said.
I disagree but what do you think?