Family Portraits Matter

I receive many rewards in my career as a family photographer. One of them is watching a family view their family portrait that I created, for the first time. The portraits that I create at Lightscapes Portrait Studio in Duluth, GA are designed to last a lifetime and to be handed down to future generations. It is painsaking for me to see how many family portraits are floating around in cyberspace, on cell phones, CDs or thumb drives.

Family portraits that are displayed at a home, can help build a child’s self esteem. Here is what two psychologists have to say about family portraiture:
David Krauss, a licensed psychologist from Cleveland, Ohio says, “I think it is really important to show a family as a family unit. It is so helpful for children to see themselves as a valued and important part of that family unit. A photographer’s job is to create and make the image look like a safe holding space for kids where they are safe and protected. Kids get it on a really simple level.” Krauss is one of the earliest pioneers in using people’s personal photography and family albums to assist in mental health counseling and therapy. He co-authored “Photo Therapy and Mental Health” in 1983 that is considered a founding text for the use of photography in therapy.

“It lets children learn who they are and where they fit,” says Judy Weiser. a psychologist, art therapist and author based in Vancouver. “They learn their genealogy and the the uniqueness of their own family and its story. When a child sees a family portrait with them included in the photograph they say to themselves: ‘These people have me as part of what they are, that’s why I belong here. This is where I come from.’” Weiser has spent more than 20 years using all manner of personal photography to assist in the treatment process of her clients. She is considered by many to be the foremost authority on these treatment techniques, called PhotoTherapy.

My portrait studio specializes in family portraits of all sizes. I don’t care what size my client purchases, I just want to make sure they display them at home for the sake of their family. It is important to me to create a tangible piece of art that has so much value.

For more information on family portraits contact me at Lightscapes Portrait Studio (770) 623-1040 or visit my websitewebsite.


Mary Buck is a photographer, instructor and mentor in Atlanta. She owns Lightscapes Portrait Studio and teaches photography courses at Studio 2.8 Photography Learning Center. She recently opened an online store which called Message in a Petal, Inspirational Art Printed on Metal. You can view her portrait site here, the photography school here and the online store here.