Technique Thursday — Getting in the Picture

So is your house like my house?  Lots of great photos but hardly any of me and the kids?  like none.

You have got to learn to get in the picture.

The Huff Post had an article by Alison Tate the other day that made me stop and think.

This is the gist of it:

Someday, I want them to see me, documented, sitting right there beside them: me, the woman who gave birth to them, whom they can thank for their ample thighs and their pretty hair; me, the woman who nursed them all for the first years of their lives, enduring porn star-sized boobs and leaking through her shirts for months on end; me, who ran around gathering snacks to be the week’s parent reader or planning the class Valentine’s Day party; me, who cried when I dropped them off at preschool, breathed in the smell of their post-bath hair when I read them bedtime stories, and defied speeding laws when I had to rush them to the pediatric ER in the middle of the night for fill-in-the-blank (ear infections, croup, rotavirus).

I’m everywhere in their young lives, and yet I have very few pictures of me with them. Someday I won’t be here — and I don’t know if that someday is tomorrow or thirty or forty or fifty years from now — but I want them to have pictures of me. I want them to see the way I looked at them, see how much I loved them. I am not perfect to look at and I am not perfect to love, but I am perfectly their mother.

When I look at pictures of my own mother, I don’t look at cellulite or hair debacles. I just see her — her kind eyes, her open-mouthed, joyful smile, her familiar clothes. That’s the mother I remember. ”

Here are some examples from our readers (posted to our wall or sent in to our email this week):

So how do you do it?  You iphone it, or you hold your camera in front of your face, or you get fancy and set a timer, or maybe you have the other kid/parent hold the camera, or you go all the way and HIRE A PHOTOGRAPHER.

For goodness sake,  you can find a fantastic photographer on this site.

Im a lucky girl cuz Yan is coming to my house soon and taking me and mine’s photos.  Lots of cuddling for sure.

Just do it.

 

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