My reason for doing this is because I want to send a message to all the mother's out there...
you need to be present in your photos!!
Step from behind the lens once and awhile and show your kids that you really do exist!! I am sure for a lot of you there are very few pictures of you with your kids! I speak from experience when I say that when your kids are older, they want to see photos of you with them!
I would do anything to have a random, everyday photo from when I was a kid where it's just me and my Mom. It really would mean the world to me! :) I never knew how important it was to me until I had children of my own. It really became a priority when I started doing photo-a-day. It was during that first year of doing that project that I made a conscious decision to be present in at least one photo a week!
In my article, I mention a few ways you can go about ensuring you're present in your photos. One option that I forgot about is...use a mirror!!
This photo was taken in early 2011 (gosh, my girls have grown). I remember the day like it was yesterday. My youngest had just woken from a nap (I sure do miss nap time!!) and for some reason I had my camera and I saw our reflection in the bathroom mirror. My girls are use to my crazy ideas when it comes to taking photos, so it didn't take much to convince them to stand with me :) This photo will go down as one of my all-time favourites!!
I only shared five of my favourite photos on Becky's blog, but I have so many more that I would like to share...
Here's the self-portrait shot I was talking about in my article. I do this a lot with my girls. I think we've perfected this shot!!
Pictures of me baking with the girls are another fav of mine!
As for my Mom being in photos today....well, she has no choice with me as her daughter! I don't know, but I think she looks pretty happy to be in this photo with her daughter and granddaughters.
It all comes down to relationships and documenting them. Whether it's between you and your children, your spouse, your parents, in-laws, grandparents, etc. Find a way to preserve those memories.
Remember to smile for the camera, document the journey and share it with others.