There is a photo in my office that I will not sell for anything. It's a portrait of my Dad proudly sitting on his motorcycle, and it was taken 2 weeks before he died. I am so thankful for that photographer, for that moment in time, and that picture of my father smiling.
That's the power of photography.
I hope your story is different. Once your children have left the house, I think you'll see them in their portraits on the wall and smile. I think you will look back at your family photo, 50 years from now, and marvel at how young (and thin!) you look, how wonderfully innocent your children were, and the wonderful times it helps you remember. When you pass away at the ripe old age of 120, I believe your children and grandchildren will value that family photo -- now an heirloom -- as part of the family history.
This is my long-term goal for every photo shoot, and the reason why I'm a family photographer.
I believe a portrait is an invaluable piece of family history that should be on walls, on desks, seen & appreciated.
And right now is the perfect time to get that family portrait. In the immortal words of Warren Miller, 'if you don't do it this year, you'll be one year older when you do.'