Note: This post first appeared on my personal blog, October 2012.
I have a little talk on photography I developed a few years ago to share with my MOPS groups. I’ve given it a few times now and am schedule for once more this year. I love this talk. I love encouraging moms in their photographing of their kids. This talk has little technical stuff, and lots of creative stuff. And my last big point is to remind moms that they need to step out from behind the camera, and get in front of it.
Even if that means handing your camera to a stranger.
Even if that means learning how to use your timer or purchasing a remote.
Even if that means sticking your arm out for a self portrait.
Even if that means paying someone every now and again.
This article is making its way around the internets, and reminds us moms once again of the importance of getting ourselves in our pictures. Even if we aren’t at the weight we want to be, or dressed the way we wish we could, or we look pretty darn tired. As the author writes,
I’m everywhere in their young lives, and yet I have very few pictures of me with them. Someday I won’t be here — and I don’t know if that someday is tomorrow or thirty or forty or fifty years from now — but I want them to have pictures of me. I want them to see the way I looked at them, see how much I loved them. I am not perfect to look at and I am not perfect to love, but I am perfectly their mother.
So in that spirit, here is one of my newest favorite photos. Yep, I’m in my robe. Yep, I haven’t showered. Yep, you can see quite a mess in the background (or you could, but I did a little cropping and black and white conversion). But this little girl wasn’t feeling well and needed a snuggle. And my amazing husband grabbed the camera and captured our moment together.
I don’t know how long I’ll get to be her mama, but an image like this will remind her (and me) just how very much she is loved.
Another note: I get to give this talk again this year. Click on over to my speaking schedule if you’re interested in coming to hear it.