So every month, I organize my photos into a folder and upload them to Amazon Drive (for archiving). By the way, if you are not backing up your files, you might have a computer crash and lose everything!!!
So in the midst of looking through all of my files. I saw hundreds of pictures, but NONE were of me.
I felt a little sad.
It reminds me of my childhood. After looking through boxes and boxes of old slides and negatives, I saw a lot of my brother and I. But only a few of my mom with us. In fact, out of hundreds that I scanned for my mom, I only found these (besides the 90's Olan Mills ones of course):
These were the only pictures I had of us and our mom. They were usually posed moments- not candid moments. Some of them had random distractions in them.
Back then it was different. Film was expensive. And developing the film was even more expensive. Plus, you had to worry about saving all of these photos into albums.
Maybe this is why I became a photographer.
So now, with my own family. I don't want a month to go by, without at least a few photos of me, doing what I love- being a mom!
Scared about being in front of the camera? Self-conscience a bit? Want to lose more weight or do your hair? Guess what? Your kids just want to see you with them. They want to remember you- with your messy hair- with your no makeup.
Don't wait until you look your best to be in front of the camera- you might miss out on special moments!
So now that you know that it's important to be in front of the camera- how do you do it?
Here are three different ways that I do it:
1. Give your camera to someone else.
Your husband or older kid can surely press a button.
This picture below is one that my daughter took of me and my husband. It's out of focus a bit and my neck looks HUGE, but I still LOVE it!
This photo is cute and it still has my children's personalities.
I LOVE this photo- embrace the imperfection!!!
2. Put your camera on a timer.
Use a 10 second timer to race back to your spot and hop into the photo!
Even though I'm off slightly to the top, still love this photo.