Today’s message to photographers: “Make sure you get in photos with your family.”
As a photographer, I prefer being behind the camera than in front of it. I often decline getting in photos with my kids.
Why? Well, for me, I always think… “once I lose weight or look better, then I will get in photos.” Well I am 40, and I am not getting thinner (one can dream) or younger. And it is selfish of me not to get in photos and snapshots. If something happened to me, my kids would want to look in albums to remember me, see me on vacations, and see me at their important events.
It does not mean I need to get in hundreds of images, nor do they need to be portraits. But I need to get in more snapshots.
So I propose this: In 2012, I will make sure to get in more photos with and for my family. I will not worry if I have a few extra inches on my body or my makeup is not perfect. I will stop worrying about the photo someone takes of me having excellent composition, perfect lighting, or even having tack sharp focus. I am not doing this for me – I will do it for my children, my husband, my parents and all others who love me unconditionally. My children love me no matter what. They do not judge or care what I look like in a picture. They only care that there’s a photo to begin with.
What sparked this post…
A mom of a kid in my daughter’s class sent me this photo below from Halloween and I thought – wow – I need to save and print this picture. It is one of the few from 2011 taken of me with one of my daughters. This was already on my mind from the summer. My twins went to overnight camp and wanted to bring a current photo of both them and me. We could not locate anything recent. I cannot let that happen again.
If you want to make this same commitment for 2012, leave a comment on this post.