WHY YOUR PHOTO IS IMPORTANT TOO, MOM.
I recently read a blog post shared by a friend on Facebook about moms having our photos taken. Read that article >here<. How we are the memory keepers of our own families, we are the ones behind the camera (or phone) snapping the shots of everyone else (selfies don't count).
Reading this made me think of all the family sessions I've done in the last year. In a family session I like to photograph everyone together in all their lovey goodness, the kiddos together, some shots of the littles with their mom or their dad, and always individuals of each child. I always ask the parents for a few of them together and almost always ask if they would like individuals of themselves.
Here come the funny looks. First at each other, then at me. Then a 'no thanks.' Never fails. But why? Or better yet, why not? This is a photo session, am I right? We are all here, looking fabulous, I might add, with camera in hand.
I'm not saying when its all said and done, that you need to get a 16x24 canvas of yourself to hang above the mantel. You can, don't get me wrong, we can make it happen. But I am saying that someday, maybe years from now, your offspring will want that photo of just you, being your beautiful self. A photo of you as they remember you being, not as a wife, mom or whatever your career is. Just your lovely self.
As awkward as it may feel during your next photo session, when I ask if you're ready for your individual photo, just smile and say ok. Set your feelings and hesitation aside, and the thoughts of 'I need to lose a few pounds'- stop it, STOP IT. Someday you will look back and be glad you did. These are not just important memories for you, but for your children as well. Years down the road when your grandchildren (GASP) are flipping through that old photo album and ask: 'grandma, is that YOU?' You can proudly say yes, yes it is.
(hey, thats me)