I spend my working life helping other families understand the value of the printed image for their children, and those children’s children. And I particularly spend a fair amount of time convincing reluctant parents, moms often in particular, to get in front of the camera either on their own or with their children. I explain that these images will be treasured by those children. I usually manage to convince them 🙂
You know what I’m not so great about? Getting in front of the camera myself. I have lots of gorgeous, funny, poignant, name-your-adjective images of my own children. I have lots of pictures of them with my husband, their dad, and with their grandparents and other important people in their lives. I make a point of it! And I always get them printed, just like I encourage my clients to do. But there are hardly any pictures of me, their mother, with them. I think I could count on one hand the number that have been taken in the last year.
I’m currently expecting my third child, due in August, and I will say that in many ways, much as we are excited about this new baby coming into our lives, it can be a lot harder than it was when I was pregnant with the others to take the time and really focus on this baby, this pregnancy.
Sunday I had a maternity mini-session, and I decided that I would bring along my tripod in case there was still a little light left after I was all done with taking the clients’ images. The light was fading quickly, but there was just enough to get this self-portrait — a moment in time where I am focusing on the baby, and my hopes and dreams for him. Some time just for the two of us.
This image will be printed, and it will be something I treasure, and I hope he (and maybe his children) will treasure. And I’m so glad I took the time to get in front of the camera for once — that was my Mothers’ Day gift to myself.