Most people have a reason for doing what they are doing; it could be something small or large depending on the person. I put everything into my business because it is so important to me. I love what I do; I have a true passion and desire to photograph families and their memories. I have always considered my daughters the reason why my business blossomed and became so important to me and I still think they are a good portion of the reason but today after reading an article about client experience I realized my WHY is much deeper and started when I was 11.
As a young girl your mother is one of the most important people in your life, she is supposed to help you grow into a strong and beautiful woman, well at 11 mine passed away. My parents had divorced when I was about 6 and I mostly lived with my father, but I was living with my mom when this happened. I appreciate that I got to live with her for a few weeks it makes it easier to try and remember her. Unfortunately, I have VERY FEW photos of my mother, fewer of her with myself, and even fewer memories with her. As I get older it is harder and harder to remember her. I wish I had more photos of her. They would have been nice to have now to share with my little girls. They often ask about her. You do not realize the value of a photograph until you need and or want one.
I think one of the main reasons she is not in many photos as I got older is due to a horrible car accident that she had been in. She had so many scars on her face and body from it she had a hard time dealing with those and she had lost her left eye and had a glass one (I often forget about this). Only if she had known the scars would not have mattered to us, having the photos with her is what counted. Like many of you, appearance, is a big reason you are not in photos with your children, I am also guilty of this or at least I was. I make it a point to get in the photos with my daughters no matter what I look like. I would hate for anything to happen and them not having any. Even a selfie counts and will remind you and your children of the fun.
I love to be able to capture the moments of a baby’s 1st year, seeing a little girl light up when her daddy throws her in the air, and all the mommy and me sessions I can get. It does not matter how small or how big the event is or even what you are doing but having the photos captured is so IMPORTANT. That mother will be able to share those newborn photos with her baby. The little girl will have a picture that tells a thousand stories and it will remind her of all the fun she had with the first love of her life, her daddy. Your little girl will show her daughter all the mommy and me portraits you had taken with her year after year. These all tell quite different stories but are all just as important.
They do not have to be professional but please get in the photos with your family take them as often as you can and print them. Do not leave them on a disc or your cell phone, have them out so you can enjoy them and the memory. Memories do not last forever; they fade and with time get harder and harder to remember correctly.
I have shared some of the few photos I have with my mother and some I have with my own daughters. You will notice I am incredibly young in the photos I have with my mother.
I hope this give you a glimpse about me and helps you with your own stresses.