But, I hate photos of myself!!!

What woman hasn’t at least thought this phrase if not said it out loud? I’m guilty of it myself. In this day and age of selfies, most of us ladies are not fans of someone else taking our pictures because we can’t really control the outcome. At least with a selfie, we can angle the phone’s camera just right in order to get that perfect jaw line, or hide our imperfections. We are so critical of our bodies & how we look and so we try to avoid being in front of the camera at all costs. I have been so much better about being in photos recently as I have lost some weight & I’m starting to feel better about my body. But the really sad thing is that when I look through my older pictures so I can see how far I’ve come, I find that I rarely ever had full body pictures. Most events and outings, I made sure I was behind the camera. Well that ends now! I want to be able to look back at photos and see my smiling face & how much I enjoyed those memories.

I book a lot of newborn sessions and with these sessions I also include a few family and sibling photos. I am so saddened by the fact that most moms decline being in them. I understand that most women do not feel like they are at their best within 2 weeks after giving birth. Most women want to lose weight before they even attempt to be photographed. But professional photographers know how to pose you in order to help hide some of those little imperfections (which, by the way, nobody even notices except for you).

Well, listen up ladies…specifically those of you who are mothers. You may not particularly love having your picture taken, but guess who is going to love the fact that you are in pictures with them? You got it- your little munchkins! One day, your child will absolutely love the fact that their mom was in their very first professional pictures with them. They won’t care what you looked like or if your hair or body was perfect. They will have a memory that they can treasure for a lifetime!

Eventually, hopefully not for many, many years, these photos will be the only thing that they will have left of you. If you don’t like certain photos of yourself, you don’t have to post them as your Facebook profile picture. But you should frame them for your child’s room. Don’t rob them of these treasured memories just because you don’t like your hair or that extra 10 lbs you want to lose. They don’t care about these things. They love you and will be so proud to show off pictures of their beautiful family. Every child deserves to have pictures with their parents.

Oh and don’t forget…You are beautiful!

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