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http://www.glowimagery.com/family-photo-benefits-childrens-self-esteem/ by Chris Cummins, a photographer out of Kansas City, MO. Chris did all of the legwork on this, so he deserves to be cited. He interviewed experts in PhotoTherapy, and this is the upshot of what they had to say:
- The family unit is important, and a family portrait provides visual reassurance to the child of belonging and being valued.
- A child sees himself as part of a unique family, with its own relationships and stories. This is reinforced by a photograph of the family, which captures a moment in time and provides a visual sense of the family in his place in it.
- Printed family portraits, which require no power source or user action to view are more effective than photos on a cell phone or computer in providing positive feedback to the child.
- Displaying portraits prominently in the home sends a message that the family values the portrait, and hence the family, and also provides opportunities to talk about the family.
- Older children can participate more fully in the portrait creation process, offering their own thoughts on location or clothing, which can enhance these effects.