Thursday, January 17, 2013

Embrace the Camera 1/17/13

Ready to go out in the snow
Katie's bath time is over
Watching Mickey Mouse before bed
It makes me happy when I take the time to Embrace the Camera with my loved ones.  It seems like 99% of the time, I'm the one behind the camera.  It's important to me that my family has photographic proof that I was a really a part of their lives.  Allison Tate says it best in her article, The Mom Stays in the Picture.  My favorite section of the article:
“…We really need to make an effort to get in the picture. Our sons need to see how young and beautiful and human their mamas were. Our daughters need to see us vulnerable and open and just being ourselves -- women, mamas, people living lives…too much of a mama's life goes undocumented and unseen.
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, … 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.”

Oh, and I'm super excited that I got this wireless remote control for my DSLR camera.  Now I can get more creative with the shots I take of me and the kids and not have to rely on my iPhone pictures.

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