Honesty time- I hate being in the picture. I love being a photographer, so I can be behind the camera. Since high school, I’ve gained a lot weight, and that’s just added to the desire of not having this weight gain captured in time. But I’ve also gained precious people in my life since then that I simply don’t have enough photos with. There’s a solid two year chunk where my husband and I maybe have one photo together. And my niece? She turned two in October and I’d be lucky to find 10 photos. Lately, so many around me have been faced with a tragic, unfair, and devastating losses. Something new pops up on my facebook newsfeed every week and my heart breaks. My job is not about the pictures but the people in them. It’s about connecting with them & sharing in a small part of their journey. Giving them memories to look back on, and smile, cry, laugh… I know all too well how precious these photographs can be when someone is taken from this life too early.
So here’s my charge to you- get in front of the camera and don’t be grumpy when you do. Whether it be cell phone pictures or hiring a professional photographer to update the family photos- do it. Before you know it, your children will be grown, and you’ll realize just how few photos they have of YOU with them. You don’t have to share them with the world, you can keep them in a box. But take them, store them, allow your loved ones to have tangible memories of life together. Celebrate your journey, don’t edit yourself out of it. You are beautiful, no matter what weight you’re at, or what your hair looks like, or how pale you are in the dead of winter. Your kiddos don’t care about those thing, they just care about you.