"We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone." ~ Katie Thurmes
It's Mother's Day, friends! I hope you've been having a blissful day with your loved ones. On holidays and special occasions, like so many others, I take note of my blessings -- where I've been, where I am now, and where I'd like to be. I also take note of the roles that I play and the meaning of those roles in my life.
As a mother of three precious little boys, I take very seriously my caregiver role, doing my best to provide my children with unconditional love, nourishment, etc., to ensure that they are well cared for. It is often my most challenging role and, while I sometimes fail in my efforts as we all do, my goal is for my children to recognize that I love them as God loves them. I pray that this love will shape the people they will become, and ultimately, that they feel my love well after I'm gone.
As a photographer who has been practicing for over 15 years, I have taken on the sacred role of being the primary record-keeper for the family history. Photography is an essential component for family records and I strive to make photos that beautifully and authentically capture the world as I see it.
It's interesting to me how much motherhood has shaped my photography. While I frequently took photos of my siblings when they were young, now I truly know how important it is for mothers to have photos of their children, and I consider it a privilege to photograph children for other parents. I especially love to capture the maternal-child bond.
However, I have noticed over the years that there are not a lot of photos of me with my children. There are a lot of reasons for this, but the main one is because I am often more comfortable being behind the camera than in front of it. Like many (if not all) other women, there are times when I just don't feel put-together enough to have my photo taken. I'm sure we all relate to this.
In the end, though, it's so important to remember that the photos we take today are the priceless documents that our children will cherish long after we're gone.
I have made a point recently to ask my beloved husband to photograph me with our children more often. I'm so grateful to him for capturing these photos. This time is so special for me, too, and my children deserve to have beautiful photos to remind them of how much I love them, now and in the future.
We are all deserving, friends, of having the beauty in our lives recorded. So here's a gentle reminder: quiet down the voice in your head that tells you that you have to look perfect to be photographed.
Your love is perfect and it will shine through in the photos, and that's what counts the most.
Happy Mother's Day, my friends. <3
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