As a photographer, I along with all of my photographer peers, never stop talking about the importance of stepping out from behind the iPhone cameras and being IN the photos with your kids. It’s incredibly important to show your kids just how important a photo can be, but sadly most of us let our own self doubt and insecurities get in the way and the opportunities are often missed. Have you ever sat back and thought, if you weren’t here, would your kids remember what you look like?
I had that disturbing thought a couple of years ago when having this very conversation with another photographer. At the time I had a small, scarily small handful of selfies on my phone with my kids, but I had not done a single thing with the photos, they were forever left on the phone and then a new phone would come along and those photos would be forgotten. So really, if the worst were to happen and I was no longer here with my family, how on earth would they ever remember what I even looked like as the years passed without me.
So this thought sticks with me during every session I photograph. These photos that I take are not just for your social media, they are not just to give as a gift to the grandparents or to be displayed and loved up on your walls, they are a memory. They are for future generations, they are for you to tell your grandchildren your story, they are for your children to tell their children about who they are and where they have come from. they are for them to remember you and for you to remember them. They are a memory.
I received an email from Michelle a couple of months ago looking for a photographer for herself and her daughter Hayley. It’s just the two of them, so even if she wanted to, there is not often someone else around to take a photo of them together. Michelle understood the importance of being in the photo with Hayley and she simply wanted something relaxed and casual, a simple style of photo, just the two of them living the moment.
She found me and knew my work was exactly what she was looking for. I knew she was exactly what I was looking for too, a Mum and her baby, cuddles and laughter, tickles and silliness. Perfect.
So we met, Hayley the cheeky little thing had her own plans, but little did she know, they fit right within my plans for the session and the joy I captured for these two was just beautiful. The weather played my game and stayed nice, the sun came out to give me beautiful rays and Hayley finished us off with the perfect giggles and smiles. Michelle and Hayley’s Mummy and Me Photoshoot was everything it should be and more.
Thank you Michelle for finding me, for choosing me as your family photographer and for sharing your gorgeous Hayley with me. I cannot wait until next time when I get to meet your crazy furbabies!