I don't know about you, but when we go on vacations, I am the one behind the camera. At birthday parties, I am the one behind the camera. At holidays, I am the one behind the camera. EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, I'll pop in front of the camera to say, "HEY! I was here too!" But all to often, at family events, I am the one behind the camera.
Now, I'm not complaining. Photography is obviously a love and passion of mine, but I need to remember to BE PRESENT in photographs for my daughter's sake. I hate looking back over a year and realizing that I am not in very many pictures. My excuse: I forget. I forget to hand someone else the camera to get in front of it. OR, I make up some other lame excuse to not do it.
Every year I photograph thousands and thousands of photographs of other people. And all too often, I find myself encouraging moms to BE PRESENT in the photographs as well. Especially as a newborn photographer, I have lots of moms who would rather not be in any pictures postpartum, but with gentle encouragement they participate and are SO grateful that they stepped in front of the camera, instead of hid. It is not just moms who have recently had a baby that hide either. I photograph all ages and find myself gently encouraging seasoned mothers to also BE PRESENT in portraits with their loved ones as well.
All too often moms find various reasons to snap happy pictures of their kids but fail to put themselves in the pics. See if any of these sound familiar:
- I'm not the size I want to be.
- My hair is a mess.
- I didn't have time to put makeup on this morning.
- This really isn't the most flattering angle for me.
- I know I look tired.
- I haven't showered in days.
- My clothes are stained with spit-up.
- My roots need a touch-up.
- I don't want to interrupt the kids' fun.
But the truth of the matter is, we want — and need — to be in pictures with our kids because these are images our children will look back at in the future, and we want them to remember that Mom was there with them.
NOW is the time to BE PRESENT in photographs. We take photographs in the present to be cherished by generations to come. THIS is why photographs are so important. It's not about us and our personal "issues" of why we're not getting in front of the camera. It is about cherishing memories. Period.
Let this be a season of Celebrating Motherhood. I have said it before... We as mothers are so often BEHIND the camera, and it is so important to get IN FRONT of it and be present with our little loves and loved ones. Book one of our Motherhood Sessions today!