Mother and Me Portraits - Get in front of the camera with your family

March 10, 2016  •  1 Comment

Monday, March 1st would've been my mom's 62nd birthday. On days like that (and lots of other days, too) I love looking at pictures of her and at pictures of me and her together. She didn't really like having her picture taken a lot but I cherish the photos I have more than anything.... they are all I have left to go with my memories. Stupid cancer.

 

I don't particularly like being in front of the camera, either. As much as I ADORE taking photos of others, I don't like having my picture taken. I, like other women, see every flaw; my uneven, less than perfect skin, my arms that need toning, the dark circles under my eyes. But you know what? I've never noticed ANY of those things in any photo I've ever looked at of my mom. I've noticed the way I can see her smile in her eyes. How happy she looked to just be with her kids, her grandkids, her family.

I want my kids to have photos of me with them. Whether I'm here another 60 years or if I'm gone tomorrow, I never want them to miss out on seeing how happy I am just to be with them. 

So we took some.


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Get in front of the camera with your children. I don't care if you think you need to lose weight, you don't like your wrinkles or your fat arms or your big nose or your yellow teeth. I don't care. Your kids don't care and when you are gone, your kids and grandkids won't see any of the flaws you see in yourself in those photos. They will see the mom, dad, wife, grandmother, uncle, sister, grandfather, husband, dad, brother that they love so much. That's all they see in us now, that's all they'll see in the photos. And they will be SO happy to have those photos. I promise.

I don't care if you hand your friend your camera and ask them to take a picture of you with your family... or if you hire me to come to you to create similar heirloom portraits. I don't care. Just get in a photo, and print that photo. 

DO IT.


Comments

1.Melissa Rivera-Hernandez(non-registered)
Beautiful pictures Nicole and you are so right..get them photos. My family sees me coming with my camera and I hear blah, blah, blah but I don't care. My dad loved taking pictures, guess that's where I get it from but I wish I had more pictures of him and I together. So people, snap them photos! Keep up the good work Nicole!
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