So looking back at pictures of my daughter, I started to notice a trend. I have so many pictures of her as a baby. There are pictures of her with my husband and her grandparents, but I am obviously missing from her first years of life. Every once in a while there will be one with me in it, but not nearly as many as there should be. I realized, my daughter will one day want to see pictures of me, despite how bad I thought I looked at the time. Now, I am making a conscious effort to just be in the pictures. So mom, Just get in the picture. I promise, your children will be grateful later.
Mom, Just Get In The Picture
This is something that has been weighing heavy on me lately. As I mentioned, there are very few pictures of my daughter and I together from her first year or so of life. She is now 4 years old and I want to break that habit. I know that as women, we can think of 1000 different reasons to avoid being in pictures, but as moms we should also think of all the reasons that we should be in the pictures.
Why We Aren’t In Pictures
For some reason, moms end up being the ones who are behind the camera. We are always documenting vacations and cute things our kids do, but we are rarely ever actually in the pictures.
There are so many reasons we may not be in pictures, and most of those reasons are honestly not good enough. We think we look terrible or we need to lose weight, but our kids don’t care about that. They think we are wonderful no mater what, so why not give them something to remember us by?
It is time we start handing over the camera, and stepping into the light. I promise you, that you can find someone willing to snap a few pictures without you having to do it yourself. Even a stranger is likely willing to snap a photo of the entire family.
Why Should We Be In The Pictures?
Typically, I feel like I am always the one taking the pictures, but after some thought I have started handing over the camera and actually being in the pictures. It isn’t always easy. There are times I wonder how terrible I look, if my hair is a mess, or I have no makeup on. Honestly, many of these things I have recently stopped caring about though.
I know that one day, as much as I hate to think about it, I will be gone. When that day comes, I want to leave my children with amazing memories and pictures to fondly remember me by. If I am always worried about how I look, then my children will never have those photos to look back on.
I know I often look back at pictures from my own childhood and I love seeing me and my mom back then. It always puts a smile on my face, and I know that one day she will be gone as well so those are photos that I cherish.
Just Get In
I can’t stress it enough, Mom, just get in the picture. This has been hard for me. I still cringe a bit when I am in front of the camera, but I am learning it let it go. It it likely that I will never look perfect, and that is okay. I may look completely goofy in photos, but that is something my kids will cherish.
It is time to think about giving them memories and photos to remember the fun times. I can promise you that one day those kids will be grown and they will want to look back and see you smiling next to them on a family vacation.