When photographing portraits, it is important to capture the essence of each individual in their own light. I believe that portraits are all about capturing one person in one shot in hopes that this one shot will say a thousand words about this one person. When photographing a family, however, I am capturing more than just each person's individual's personality - I am also capturing the family's dynamic. Children grow up, people change...it's the circle of life.
I always tell my clients that pictures are the only things that will truly help you remember how things actually were. Your memory can filter out or forget certain details but pictures will always keep the memories alive.