This weekend, it’s Mom’s turn
On Mother’s Day, most Moms probably will be in the family photos. It’s easier to remember to take a photo of Mom then.
But Mom, you need to be in those photos more than once a year.
Mother’s Day isn’t the only photo-worthy event this spring. Recitals, proms, awards ceremonies, and graduations fill many calendars in May and early June. And images from these milestones also fill many camera rolls, photo streams, and social media feeds.
Your adorable daughter dancing joyfully. Your son standing beside his prom date and friends.
We love these photos.
But Mom, where are you? Who drove them to all of those dance practices? Usually, it was you. Who helped pick out the prom dress, and waited up until they returned home safely? You. Who coaxed them to do their homework, and turn it in? Again, you.
So shouldn’t you be in some of those photos, too?
Don’t miss opportunities to be in photos with your children, even if you feel awkward, worried about your looks, fearful of what others will think.
This is your weekend – Mother’s Day – to be the photographed, the celebrated, the storied. And if you at least allow yourself to be photographed this weekend, that will be a great start.
But why stop there? Please don’t shy away from the front of the camera lens at other times. Please don’t hide behind everyone else in the family shot.
We want to see you in your photos.
This weekend, change your social media profile picture to YOU, or to one of you and your mom. And if no one else remembers to say, “hey Mom, we need a picture of you,” then YOU be the one to say it. (It’s ok to throw a temper tantrum until they do – I dare you. They won’t forget next year!)
Put the camera in their hands. Or take a selfie (tips on that below).
It’s up to you to say: This Is Important.
It’s Mom’s Turn
Why? Because you DO matter. You mend clothes and hearts, cook meals, and drive the family taxi. You clean the toilets and do your job and take care of everyone else, and still try to find some time for you. Whew.
Why? Because your children won’t only want photos of themselves when they get older. They’ll want them of you.
They’ll want to remember how you were so very much a part of their lives.
So this weekend: Forget the 10 pounds you’ve found. Forget that your hair appointment isn’t until next Thursday. Forget that you didn’t get enough sleep last night or enough coffee this morning.
Stop, breathe, smile. Look at these people who may not say this enough, and then know it in your heart.
We need you, Mom. And we need you to be in your pictures, this weekend and the rest of the year.
Mom’s Turn for a Selfie: A Tip
If the only way you’ll get in a photo this weekend is to take a selfie, here is my best tip: Hold the camera higher than your head, with your arm at a 30-45 degree angle stretched out, so that the camera is pointed downward. It makes your face look skinnier, if you happen to care about such things. 🙂 Take a bunch. Delete the worst. Post and share the best.
Now go on, get in the frame.
We’ll be looking for you.
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