Family Photos and Your Child’s Self-Esteem

Written by Karl Perera BA, MA, DipLC
March 31st, 2019 | Updated: March 23rd, 2020

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One powerful yet hidden aspect of family photography that parents and photographers might not think about too much is that it can assist us when it comes to raising kids with stronger confidence in their own abilities and worth. Experts and psychologists have actually done quite a bit of work in past decades when it comes to exploring the link.

What Is the Potential for Family Photography to Boost the Self-Esteem of a Child?

Family photographs are important to the self-esteem of a child. This is due to the fact that it allows the child to see himself as an important and valued part of their family unit. The job of the photographer is to make the image seem to be a space for the child where they’re protected and safe. Kids seem to get it on a level that’s really simple. This also holds true if it’s a photo painting. It even works when it’s changed from a digital photo to painting form of print.

Which Is Better for a Child’s Self-Esteem? Paper or Digital?

It should be obvious that rather than printing and displaying family photos, people tend to increasingly stick with the digital form, whether it’s on a laptop, Facebook, or some other device. However, does a digital image have the same impact when it comes to boosting the self-esteem of a child? A lot of psychologists don’t think so. However, it’s easy to change that digital picture to painting form.

Family photos should be placed somewhere in the home where a device doesn’t need to be turned on in order to view them. This will truly offer a child both comfort and reassurance while telling them something about the importance of their place in the family.  

In fact, when it comes to the self-esteem of a child and family portraits, there should be at least one in the child’s bedroom so that it can be one of the first things they see each morning and among the last thing seen at night. It lets the child know that they’re loved and cared about.

What Can Parents Do to Foster Self-Esteem Using Family Photos?

Parents can allow their kids to take a role that’s more inclusive when it comes to both print and digital family portraits. They should be allowed to make their own personal picture albums using the images that they select. When it comes to digital images, the parents can get a digital picture frame and allow the kids to take turns with displaying their favorite family pictures in it.

Parents might also take the time with their kids to ask them what aspects of the images that they like or don’t like. This allows the children to share their stories, feelings, and thoughts that the images evoke in the child.

Another way to get them involved is to have them take part in the process before these portraits are done. Get them to choose their outfits and ask for ideas about locations and where they might like to have the portraits made. The self-esteem of a child is critical to their entire life and should be fostered by a parent at every opportunity – including when it comes to family portraits