Displaying family portraits adds a personal touch to any home. They are such a joy to look at day after day and they breathe life into any room. But another benefit of hanging family portraits on your walls is that it helps to boost your children’s self-esteem.
I love walking into my family room and seeing my family portraits on the wall. It’s been a few years since we had those portraits taken, and seeing them every day brings back great memories of when my daughter was younger and how much fun we had together that day. But until recently, I had never thought about how those portraits made my daughter feel.
One powerful benefit of family portraiture is the impact they have on a child’s sense of self-worth. Displaying photos of family for children to see regularly can create a sense of belonging, importance, and security.
Licensed psychologist and co-author of “Photo Therapy and Mental Health” David Krauss 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.”
Think about it. When our child draws a picture that they are proud of, the first thing we do is hang it on our refrigerator for all to see. Children associate things we put on display as important and loved by us. Likewise, when we display images of our children and family, it sends them a subconscious message that they are loved and they are important. When a child feels a strong sense of belonging, they feel more secure, confident, and encouraged.
“For children, in particular, looking at photographs is part of the socializing process; learning who you are and where you fit into the family. By displaying photographs of our children at different stages of their lives, we are making a very public statement that we are proud of them,” says Professor Geoff Beattie, Head of School and Dean of Psychological Sciences at the University of Manchester.
Family Portraits on Display Versus Digital Images
It’s no secret that viewing portraits on digital devices and social media are becoming more common. But the best way to enjoy portraits is in your home, where they can be enjoyed for months and years after they have faded from your Facebook timeline. And when it comes to leaving a positive impact on your children, the best way for them to experience their portraits is on display where they can see them regularly.
How to Get Family Portraits on Display in Your Own Home
Wall displays and albums are the cornerstones of the RMP portrait experience. Creating beautiful art for your home is so much more impactful that any digital image could every be. When you have a portrait session with RMP, I help you choose the best display pieces for your home. From museum-quality canvas gallery wraps to professional framed prints, we can create beautiful artwork to fit the style of your home.
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Portraits of my family displayed on canvas were photographed by my amazing wedding photographer, Kara Wahlgren of Kiwi Photography.