Ok, are you that mom that has a million pictures of her children, but hardly any of herself? At our studio, our session fee is the same whether you bring in one child or your whole family (well, if it’s extended family it’s a bit more). When I am talking with the mom about her session I always ask, ” Would you like you and your husband to be in the portrait as well?” Invariably, she says, “Oh…I still have a few pounds to lose,” or “Eh…I need to get my hair cut and colored – no….just the children.”
Moms…ok, we need to talk. When you are taking pictures of your children at the park, the Botanical Gardens, in front of your Christmas tree…please ask someone to take a picture of you with your children! These fun memories captured in photos are not just for us – imagine our children as adults looking back at their childhood photos – they want to see you, with them. We get so caught up in having portraits of our children, that we forget that our portrait is just as important to our child.
When I think of this, I am reminded of the time a few years ago when I was talking to another mom at my son’s school. She said that her sister had died unexpectedly at 40. She was sorting through her sister’s family photos and it struck her that there were tons and tons of photos of her sister’s three children, but only a couple that included her sister. It really saddened her that the children would not have many photos to remember their mother by.
A mom blogger recently talked about the importance of being in photos with her children – even though she is still “fluffy” after recent childbirth, she decided it was more important to be there for her children.
I’m going to make a goal of being in the picture with my children more this year (I’ll just cover my fluff with a kid or a strategically placed something!) – I hope you will too!
Well, Bitty Bear started his first day of his last year at preschool yesterday, and guess who didn’t get a photo of him. Me!!!!! Before we left for school, I got my big camera, popped in a battery and looked for a CF card, and looked, and looked. None, not one card in the house. I called Parker to find out where they were, and he said, “Uh, I think I have them all.” Well, he was on a commercial shoot, but still! I couldn’t find my oldest son’s snappy camera either, and Bitty wouldn’t sit still for an iphone picture, so not one picture to document the day. Oh well, I guess we’ll just have to make a “first week” of school picture later.
My Bitty is getting so big, but he’s still in that super-cute stage where you see a bit of the toddler left and a bit of the big kid starts to show. Don’t let him know I called him cute, though. He will get super mad. The only Bitty-approved words we can use to describe are “cool” and “awesome!” Ninja’s also good. And, never call him little – he likes it if you call him “medium!” Isn’t that so cute!!!! I just want to eat him up!
We have another big day this week – Tilo is turning 9! He’s my super sweet Sugar-T, and he’s growing up fast! He’s so cute, he’s starting to act like a tween – he loves to listen to music on the radio and gel his faux-hawk and wear cool hats. Argh, I’m gettting verklempt!
Ok, so no photos today, but I will post some of my recent Twinkle sessions Friday. Have a great day! TTFN!
Whew! Today I had a super-busy morning shooting for our school photography business. I really enjoy the fast pace – we have less than a minute per child to get a nice expression. I also get to work with Parker - he manages the day and is our technical guru, and two other women and I shoot.
I figured that since I would be on my feet for several hours, I should wear comfortable shoes. I chose some camel leather ballet flats that I got last winter from Lands End – they are cute and are padded in the sole, so I thought they would be perfect. The problem is that I’ve never worn them, since I got them late in the season, and I live in flip flops and sandals all spring and summer. Well, these flats have cute grosgrain trim all around the edge – new, stiff grosgrain that rubbed a quarter-sized blister on the back of both of my heels. Lesson learned – no new shoes when you need to be comfortable!