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Thursday, January 6, 2011

New Years MOM Photo Challenge - Start Taking Those Pictures

by: Natalie
Natalie Johnson Photography

To all the women who find themselves called mom I want to put you to a challenge this New Year. I was recently sitting at a memorial service for the son of a friend of ours. They lost him way too soon at 22 years and it was heartbreaking. I watched video of years with him and it was a reminder to me as a mom I need to not only record my children's lives, but my life with them. We are one of the most important people in our children's lives and we are probably the least photographed. It is easy when our kids are little to get photos with them but as they age it gets harder. I will bet if you look at your Facebook albums you will see 50 photos of your kid's activity taken and not one of them includes you, the mom. We all are guilty of this and here are the excuses, I need a haircut, I hate my hair cut, I need to lose pounds-how many I really won't tell you, I didn't do my makeup today, who would take the photo if I didn't?. As a photographer I hear soooo many excuses, trust me I know, I have moms pull me aside ALL the time during a photo shoot and want me to help them look their best.

Ah-ha moment, life is what it is, and in this moment in time, the New Year of 2011, you need to record who you are with your children. You are the only mother they will ever have. So, the challenge is to take a minimum of 5 shots with you in them. You have until January 31st to accomplish this. The shots will depend on how many children you have. Shot one or two or three will be a photo at some point in the month with you and each one of your children individually, not a group shot. Shot two, you with all your children very close together, think close hugs. Shot three, a family shot with a non-distracting background so this can be framed. Shot four, you alone, yes, just you. There are very few moms that have a photo of just themselves to even use as a Facebook profile picture. Shot five, a photo of you and your spouse alone, one of the kids can take this one. I am putting myself to this challenge this month because I am usually on the other side of the camera. If you would like to post your challenge to Facebook it would be very fun for your friends to see you, their friend, instead of 50 photos of just your child. Wishing all you moms a hope filled New Year!

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Blogger Aspiring Mum said...

My husband and I were reflecting on this recently. We are hardly in any of our 'family' photos - it's all kids! I don't want my kids to look back in years to come and wonder what we looked like! Thanks for the reminder of how important this is.

January 6, 2011 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I love this.

My 4 yr.old and I were just taking silly shots together the other with my iPhone. When were doing it, I thought about how I don't do that often enough with my kids. They love it when mom gets silly in pictures with them.

January 6, 2011 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger mail4rosey said...

I realized this not long ago too. I've since made an effort to set the camera on the self-timer and jump in the photos too. I have a bazillion photos of dad and the kids, but very few that they can look back with me in them. I agree w/Aspiring Mum's post above me: Excellent Reminder!

January 7, 2011 at 4:59 AM  
Anonymous Smart Moms Saving Money said...

Thank you Trisha,
I WILL do this thank you so much for reminding me. This was just on my mind due to these reasons.
First we just came from vacation with my 17 year old daughter who will be going to college next year, so it may be our last together. :( We went to Gatlinburg for Christmas and it SNOWED best Christmas gift! I took tons of pictures, "I" meaning I am not in hardly any of them and the ones I am in I had to ask them to take it. My daughter took over 700 pictures with her brand new Cannon, "she is an film artist" we took her in a helicopter. She mostly takes pictures of things, objects, our dogs, people she don't know. lol She is GREAT at it, but she don't take me and then it wouldn't be her an I anyway.
I've been up all night, because there has been a suicide in our distant part of our family last night. He was only 36 depressed over losing his job, girlfriend broke up, threw his stuff out, his dad has been dying with cancer and he had just found out his mom was hiding the fact she too,is dying with heart problems.

Life is short you never know how much time we have together.
Thank you once again!

God Bless,
aka Smart Moms Saving Money

January 7, 2011 at 7:29 AM  

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