HOWEVER, we've reached a new milestone! My kids not only want to take their owen photos but they can now handle my camera. I'll be teaching them a little bit at a time...for now, I just set the settings for them and they make sure the focus is correct before they push the button. So yay! Looks like I'll have more of a role in the documentation of our family now. That makes me happy.
Moms/women out there tend to strongly dislike having their photos taken, right? But, take a moment to think about how much you love seeing photos of your own parents/grandparents when they were younger. What if, every time someone wanted to take their picture, they said no for any number of reasons (their weight, their hair, their clothes or just any excuse in general to avoid the camera). I'm also going to guess that, when looking at those old family photos, not once did you say to yourself, "oh she should NOT have had that photo taken because of xyz reason." You are just happy to have the memory to see! I'd be so sad to be deprived of those images that document my family.
On that note, Friday night, my son had a Cub Scout event which my husband took him to. So, my daughter and I got some girl time together. After dinner, as a surprise, I took her to a really cute frozen yogurt store. They have this awesome topping called Boba which I honestly cannot get enough of! They are these little balls of liquid that you can pop in your mouth that taste really good. I put both flavors on my frozen yogurt - passion fruit and mango. Mmmmm.
We had a great time hanging out, eating our frozen yogurt and giving our opinions on each of the toppings we chose. (Both of us agreed that gummy bears don't belong on frozen yogurt, fyi). I took a few shots of her, of course sitting in this really cool window with the pillows surrounding us. Then she asked to take my photo. So, I let her. Now, I'll be honest and tell you I'm not in love with how I look here but it's a shot she took that captures this fun night we had together so I'm posting it anyway. I'm looking past the things I don't love and enjoying the fact that I was looking at my daughter as she held the camera and took a photo of her mom. That's what matters!
After a bit, she got chilly and decided my coat would be warmer than hers. So, she put it on...and tried to keep it. That forced me to put her coat on. I must say, she looks FAR better in my coat than I did in her coat. And again, I love that could give her my camera so we could both be captured. Once she saw how poorly her coat fit me, I got my own back, thankfully!
Make sure you hand over your camera from time to time - to your kids, to your spouse, to your friends so you can have a place in your photographic history too. Now, if you want to be IN the photos WITH your kids, call me! We'll capture some great moments together and no one in your family has to hold the camera. Perhaps a "Life as it Happens" session would be perfect to create a snapshot of this point in time for you and your family. You can see more details on that kind of session HERE.