Get In The Picture, Mom

If you are like me, you love taking pictures of your kids and if you’re feeling brave, you hop in the photo with them. When I met Christina, I was thrilled that she wanted to share this post, especially since Mother’s Day is around the corner. Before I turn things over to Christina, I want to really encourage you to check out her site. I am most definitely an amateur photographer and I absolutely LOVE her site. It is incredibly helpful and user friendly for someone who dabbles with photography. Plus, her site layout is just lovely and clean. I really enjoyed stalking her 🙂

Moms who hate taking their picture. This reminder is for you. Guest Post.

I have never been one for being in pictures which is weird considering I am a photographer. I’ve just always been wired to hate almost every single image that had me in it. It still irritates me, however, when I hear other mothers pass on chances to be in the photograph with their children.

Don’t get me wrong. I totally get it when my clients want the pictures of the children without them in the shot. I know how it feels to not like what you see when the camera is turned on you. I know how it feels when you think that you getting in the shot is going to ruin it.

I get it but it is still wrong. You’re wrong. Get over it.

I know that that sounds harsh but I’ve had to tell myself this statement over and over again whenever the camera is turned on me.

Get over it.

My son is going to want these pictures when he is older. He is going to want to look back at these images and see me. See me laughing with him, kissing him, playing with him. He is going to look at these images and see someone that he loves. He won’t see what I see.

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My son will not look at these photographs and see a bad hair day. Or see a woman that could stand to lose a few pounds. He won’t look at these images, and see someone with a large chin or a big head. Heck, he probably won’t even notice that I have some serious double chin in some of the shots.

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He will see his mother. That’s all.

And that is who he is going to want to see.

One day, I will be gone. All that he will have left is these frozen frames in time to look back at. Because of that, I will always strive to be in as many pictures as possible.

Now, I won’t jump in every shot. There will be plenty of him by himself, with his father, etc. However, I will make an effort to always be in some. I aim for a few shots a month. I don’t always succeed but at least I am trying.

When he gets older, he will appreciate that.

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So, my message to you: Get over it. Who cares if you hate that picture of you with your double chin and your messy bedhead bun? Your children are going to love it, and that is really all that matters.

Christina Nelson

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35 replies
  1. shaunaceyb
    shaunaceyb says:

    Loooooove this!! So perfectly put, just get in the pics!!! I am also so critical of myself in pictures but you’re right, the kids won’t see (or care) that I didn’t stick my chin out or whatever my issue is.

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    • Christina
      Christina says:

      They really don’t care! I realized this when I was younger because my mom was always ducking out of pictures. I thought, “She’s beautiful! What is she so worried about?” I knew that when it came time to have my own children that I would be in every picture that I could. It can be a little hard sometimes but so totally worth it!

  2. MamaCentric
    MamaCentric says:

    And do you know what we see? A happy, lovely mother and son with such beautiful love between them radiating so brightly you can almost feel it. Yes to this! Get over it and get in the picture! Loved this, Christina!

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  3. britstrawbridge
    britstrawbridge says:

    Love this!! So so true! (now just working in how to be in the countless videos I take) haha. Thanks for sharing!!

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  4. Jenn
    Jenn says:

    What a wonderful perspective and a great reminder to cherish all the moments and memories we have with our children. Thank you!

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  5. Meredith
    Meredith says:

    What a great article and SO true. That is some of the best advice that my own mother gave me, and something she regrets! Now to teach my hubs how to use the camera, lol!

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    • Christina
      Christina says:

      I’ve learned this from watching my mother duck out of pictures. It was something I knew I would never do when my son was born. We need these memories for him! As for teaching your hubby, there are so many great resources out there! I just did a post for beginner photography tutorials, and Pinterest was where I found most of them! Pinterest is awesome!

  6. phisch
    phisch says:

    Awww! You’re so right. I treasure the photos of us with mom and dad in jammies doing our every day thing vs. the smile at the camera and cheese photos. Thanks for the reminder.

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    • Christina
      Christina says:

      There’s a place for both types of pictures. I love candids but I always tried to get at least one posed family shot every year. It doesn’t really matter as long as you’re getting in the shot! I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

  7. Juliet @ Bowl of Cherries
    Juliet @ Bowl of Cherries says:

    This is SUCH a great read and great reminder for all of us out there that we are beautiful because our children love us ❤︎ My Mom never wanted to be in pictures, so we only have a few pictures of her from our childhood. The ones I do have I love and love comparing myself to her at my age and wish I had more. Thank for this!

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    • Christina
      Christina says:

      My mom always hid from the camera 2. I used to get so upset because I just wanted to take a picture with her. That is when I decided that when I had children that I would make an effort to be in more photos with them. Now that I’m a photographer, I’ve tricked Mom into more pictures as well!

  8. DIY and Dinosaurs
    DIY and Dinosaurs says:

    I was just going through my images thinking about how I happily took pictures with my son when he was a baby but as he grows I notice we only take photos together for special occasions. I totally relate to this, great reminder that your kids will want these some day!

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  9. Jessica Alsip
    Jessica Alsip says:

    I love this post so much!! It really hits home!! I have so many gorgeous captures of my husband and my daughter together and it makes me so sad that I wont have really any to look back on before now! I personally prefer the natural candid images and I obviously cant take them myself!!

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    • Christina
      Christina says:

      But you can! Candid doesn’t have to mean that you didn’t go out with the intention of taking pictures. It is just a moment that happens organically even in the shoot! Set up a tripod with your camera, put it on a timer (or get a remote), and just play!

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