The Value of Family Portraits | Boise, Idaho Photographer Samuel Marvin Photography

by | Apr 5, 2018 | Blog, Boise Idaho, Family Pictures Boise Idaho, Idaho Treasure Valley | 4 comments

Family Portraits in Boise Idaho

Let’s talk about family portraits. Moms want them, Dads avoid them, and kids have a tendency to go a bit crazy at them. So why even bother?? Trust me, my wife will be the first to point fingers at me as ‘that Dad’ that hates getting family photos taken, and sadly, it’s true! I give her grief each year that she gives me the proverbial ‘Let’s have our family portraits taken in Boise at Fall’ speech.? I hear from a lot of people that they will get family pictures once they’ve lost that last bit of weight and feel better about themselves. However, I think what we don’t realize is how precious and limited our time together really is. It is so important that we capture our family as it is right now.

Why Family Pictures Matter to Me

I had an epiphany about 3 months ago – no joke – it was an eye-opener. I am so passionate about what I do yet I was trying to figure out exactly what my why was. 

Why do I do what I do?? I was reading studies about the therapeutic value of family portraits, and how the resulting pictures boost the levels of confidence and acceptance in our children when the family portraits are displayed in our homes. Working so closely with youth in our High School Senior market, it occurred to me that their need for approval and acceptance is a big reason why our kids post photos on social media. Seriously, just ask your kids or other youth that you know what they get from posting their lives on social media. I guarantee that the answer will be something about the excitement of people’s reactions and their interactions with peers. They want to see how many great comments or likes they can get. 

Family Portraits Affirm Children’s Self-Value

Essentially, they want affirmation that they are important. So as I read this I asked myself the question, ‘if our kids are needing affirmation and the feeling of importance through social media, why are there so many of us not displaying family portraits and/or other family pictures in our own homes? Why are we not using family portraits to let them know they are important to us?? Mind. Blown. This is my why. 

Family Portraits are my WHY

My why is to provide beautiful artwork for people and families that tells a story, but not one that just sits in a drawer, on a disc, or is lost in countless files on your computer. A story that can be treasured, looked at and loved for years to come. It is a story that makes the most important people in our world feel like they matter at such a crucial time in their lives.

Family Portraits Belong on Display

I imagine that so many of you have gotten family pictures in the past, and they were beautiful, but perhaps they are sitting on a computer, or on a disk of some sort in your drawer. No judgments here, but our family portraits belong on display! Isn’t that why we got them in the first place?? Surely it wasn’t just to post them online to get likes and then forget about the family portraits? We spend thousands of dollars on furniture, televisions, or art and decor pieces that are hung or proudly displayed in our homes. Of course, we want people to come into our homes and ogle over that new living room set or 85″ TV we bought, but what’s really important is our family and showing off the amazing people in our lives. I know that sometimes large portraits on our walls are just not for everyone, and I totally respect that. If that hits home with you, albums have become a popular option to preserve memories, so that you can pick up a beautiful photo album and reminisce anytime you want. The important thing is to have something tangible that can be looked at, loved, and passed down for years to come.

The time we have with our children at home is only 18 years. I know that sounds like a lot, but I also know that as a parent, it flies by faster than anything!! As a Boise photographer, it is my responsibility to make the process of family portraiture as painless, fun, and unforgettable as possible – even for Dad.


  1. Ariel

    I love you Sammy ?

  2. Annika

    You?re super talented!

  3. Rhianna

    You do great work

  4. Cassandra D

    Beautiful work.

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