One thing every mom must do…..
How many pictures have you taken of your kids this year? Hundreds? Maybe even thousands? How many of those pictures are you in?
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard from moms, “I need to loose 30 pounds before I get in front of the camera. Someday we’ll do family pictures”. Someday. Believe me, I get it. If my kids even take a snapshot of me with their phones I make them hand it over to me first so I can delete the really unflattering ones! No one wants a horrible picture of themselves floating around out there!
One regret I have is not doing family pictures when my oldest two were very young. I remember even telling my husband that if something were to happen to me that there would be no photographic evidence that I even existed past our wedding! The first time we had family pictures done my kids were 7, 5 and 1. And I’m a photographer!! I avoided the camera like the plague. I told my self someday when I lost weight we’d do pictures. Well, someday never came and we never did family pictures.
And guess what? Your little kids that love to be hugged and kissed now…in a few years they’re going to act like they don’t know you in public. Depressing, I know. But it’s true. In those dark days of teenagedom, you can look at those pictures and reminisce on the good old days, when your kids wouldn’t leave you alone to even use the bathroom by yourself!
What do your kids see when they see a picture of you? They see their mom! Not the extra weight that you may have put on over the years, or the small wrinkles that have suddenly appeared around your eyes. And in 25 years when your kids are looking at those pictures, they are going to be looking at how young and beautiful their mom was while noticing the physical similarities between themselves and you ….and maybe laughing at some bad hairstyles and fashion trends over the years J
Honestly though, the pictures aren’t for us moms. They are for our kids. So that they can look back and say, remember when…instead of, “why don’t we have any pictures of mom?” So whether it’s professional photos or just photos with your phone, we all need to try to get in front of the camera more instead of hiding behind it. Including me!