Moms need to get in the pictures with their kids.
This is not news. You’ve seen it and read it so many times that you probably don’t really even hear it anymore. Goodness, I have said it more than a few times here myself. The problem is, I do not practice what I preach. I always find excuses to not be in the picture. Nobody knows how to use my d700. The light just isn’t good today. It’s so much trouble to get out the tripod and remote. My house is a wreck. I am not dressed well enough. The kids don’t really want to do it anyway. These are just the most popular that run through my head. But just like y’all, I have a few more reasons too. I want to lose 10 pounds. I am 34 years old and have the crows feet that show my sleepless nights from caring for two kids. I am too lazy to put the time in to do it.
One of the reasons I wanted to be a photographer is to capture the memories of families. And I do it. For everyone else. Now, don’t get me wrong. I photograph my kids plenty. We hang out a lot and I truly do enjoy photographing them. But I am glaringly missing from most events. When they grow up, I don’t want them to think they only played Candyland with each other. Nope, that’s my yellow piece on the board. That nobody helped them dress baby dolls. Or nobody colored with them. And I have no one to blame but myself. I printed all of our 2013 images recently. My dad came for a visit and he looked through the album. He asked “where are you in these pictures?” And I didn’t really have an answer for him. And I truly want to be present in my children’s memories. And goodness, if they are anything like me, they won’t remember much. They will need the images for recall! So I am vowing right here, right now, for the entire internet to see that I will make it a point to photograph myself with my children. And we did that this week. No special activity. No special cleaning or re-arranging had to happen to capture these images. Just us living our daily routine. And the kids LOVED it. Eli enjoyed pressing the button for the remote especially! I hope to continue this project monthly. And just everyday things in our home. No special set ups. Just us living life.
For some technical notes, it will take some practice setting up the tripod and finding my focus. I didn’t shoot very wide because I wanted to have a little more wiggle room. But if I keep at it, I think I’ll get the hang of it. Do you have a tripod? If you don’t, just get some books to put on a chair. Or use your phone and a timer app. For the ones of us in the floor, I put my camera on stacked lego boxes and put some legos under the lens to keep it upright. So just be creative. Whatever it is, just get in the pictures with your kids. They deserve to know you were there too.