this summer, blogs were abuzz with the talents of photographer justin hackworth and his 30 Strangers Project. when he offered a free mother-daughter sitting for a $25 charity donation, i jumped all over that. and let me tell you, besides being incredibly talented (which is obvious. i mean, look at that picture of my ragamuffin. i stare at it everyday. i need to get it framed.) he is just about the nicest, most genuine person you will ever meet. an important characteristic in a photographer, i'd say. making socially awkward people like me feel comfortable. and making them look good even when they got a dorky haircut an hour earlier. true story. anyway, i think professional photographs are important. and i highly recommend justin. you regret clothes and cars and couches, but you never regret getting gorgeous photographs of your family to stare at forever.
(this sounds like a paid endorsement. but wait! if you act now...!)