The place where you start and raise your family is so sentimental. Think about it. When you meet someone new the second question you ask after learning his or her name is, “Where are you from?” This simple question is powerful because it can bring people together and quickly establish a bond. But why are people so sentimental about where they live or have lived in the past?
“For many people, their home is part of their self-definition, “ said environmental psychologist Susan Clayton. Peoples’ homes are an extension of themselves. This is why people decorate and maintain their yard. They want to make a good impression or they simply just want to dwell in a place that feels comfortable to them.
There’s a whiff of pride being able to say you live in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. From our sports teams, coastal living, world-renown food, to being on the frontline of innovation, San Francisco is an amazing place to live. But it does come with its own unique challenges that I think make living here a badge of honor. The underbelly to living in the Bay Area are the soaring home prices, horrible traffic, tent cities and homelessness.
William S. Sax said it best in his book Mountain Goddess, “People and the places where they reside are engaged in a continuing set of exchanges; they have determinate, mutual effects upon each other because they are part of a single, interactive system.”
And while I do feel like an individual when put against the canvas of my own home, I also feel connected to my home and the area I live. Every metropolitan city has it’s own characteristics. And each individual contributes to the ebb and flow of their own city of which those characteristics are built and evolving on.
Regardless if you live in San Francisco proper or a nearby city – we are sentimental about this one thing: starting and raising our family in the Bay Area.
A question I always ask my clients is where they want their photos taken. Typically, they choose a place that is either sentimental or part of their self-definition. This is why I shoot at the beach, or with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, or on the ocean bluffs so often. Because we love calling the Bay Area our home and we want our children to have the memories of the place where they were born and raised. It’s not uncommon for families to move out of the area at some point, so having these memories are even more precious.
Sentimental photos always win.
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