If you ask me this question, I would maybe tell you, 'Any occasion is a good occasion for making portraits", as cliche as it may sound.
I grew up taking a bunch of portraits for my girl friends for fun. That was before I had any idea I would become a professional photographer. We would get together every now and then, dress up and just pose in front of a white wall, and amazingly we kept the traditions until we're all grown ups. Those photos and memories are some of the most treasurable ones in our lives.
Photography is a special art form, as it attempts to not only capture that spilt second of time, but also all of that emotions that we had, and all of those memories surrounding us behind that camera, when that one picture was taken. We normally would take portraits at special occasions like weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, or when babies are born, but I remember back in the days when I was little, my family used to take family portraits every year at a portrait studio. Yes, those awkward moments standing in front of the camera with the grandpas and grandmas, all the aunties and uncles and cousins. But when we look at those photos again, those are gold.
Somehow we lost that traditions when technology becomes more advanced and everyone can take photos with their cell phones. But something is missing - that special gathering with our loved ones, that excitement and anticipations when you try to find the best outfits for the photoshoot, that chance when you can laugh at each other when the photos come out, and that touch of the photo prints when you select the best pictures to keep. It is all that connections between each other, that we have missed.
This year has been a special year, we learn that a lot of things can happen without our control, and many of us may not have as many chances as before to get together.
So if you ask me, don't wait for that special occasion. You can take portraits with your partner, with your pets, with your bunch of girl friends (or guy friends), anytime! Because special moments are for us to create.