For the Momma’s.
I know that Mother’s Day has come and gone, but here’s to extending that celebration a few more days. :) Being a Momma is the most fun, rewarding, wonderful, AND challenging job I will ever have. I am blessed to be able to stay home with my little ones and while some mornings I (half-jokingly) plead with my husband – “Don’t leave me here!” (Ha!) – I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Being the one home with them each day leaves plenty of time for me to take pictures of them, but it is a bit more challenging to get me in those photos. Looking back, I treasure the images with my mom, while I have not done a great job as of late, I am striving to create more of those tangible memories for my children and future generations. This is where my letter to all of you Momma’s out there begins.
Get in the picture.
In a world full of social media, over-sharing and body image crisis, Momma’s don’t always do so. I am certainly guilty of this as well. It is so much easier to direct those in a photograph, or watch silently – working through the creative process in my mind. It is a challenge and takes planning to set up the tripod while my husband is at work, and when he is home I rarely think to pull out my camera and hand it over. As time goes on, I am convicted of this and of how important it is to do so. Of course, I pray my kiddos will have fond memories to last them a lifetime. However, how many two year olds remember each picnic, snuggle session, or story time with their Mommy? (For heaven sakes, I can barely remember what I had for dinner last night! :)) I want to preserve these times, not just for me, but for them to have when I am gone. (Not trying to be morbid here, peeps. I pray my children will long outlive me someday…in the very distant future! :)) When I say that I want to capture their “everyday”, I need to remind myself, that for us, I am part of that.
Though it’s tempting to hide behind a camera, I am going to be repeating the following to myself:
* It doesn’t matter what you are wearing.
*It doesn’t matter what your hair or makeup look like.
*It doesn’t matter if the photo won’t be perfect.
*You children love you no matter what.
In a (21st century!) sentence…Take lots of selfies, ladies! :)
Mother’s Day, 2014. The first with TWO kiddos! We had just gone for a hike and had a Chinese food picnic! The hubby so kindly took this of us. :)
Liam and I (as long as the baby is still sleeping) spend some time playing and reading together when he wakes up from his nap each afternoon. Michael was home because of the snow one winter day and took this. I love it.
This photo is of sweet Olivia (and I!) just before we moved to Maryland. It was a crazy, stressful time, but I knew that I would miss being pregnant and wanted to capture it. Believe me when I say that this photo took some planning. Ha! The image certainly makes up for the time spent wrestling my tripod. :)
So, Momma’s. Pull out that iPhone, hand over your cameras, or set up a photo shoot!! Get in front of the lens and with your kids! They will love and treasure those pictures, simply because YOU are in them.
Sending lots of fellow Mommy love to you all!