I’ve said this more than once to family, friends, and clients!
Be in the picture! And believe me… I’m the same as you.
I’ve said the same things as you as an excuse to NOT be in the pictures! But let's address the sole reason why you should be in the picture: when you’re no longer here, your loved ones will want to have pictures of YOU.
I know what you’re thinking… “Sarah, you’re being depressing!” And sorry, I don’t mean to be. I’m just trying to be honest.
I lost my mum to breast cancer when I was sixteen years old. Looking back at old photos, there weren’t as many of her as I would have liked. She hid behind the camera as well as from the camera. After having kids, I found myself doing the same. All of those reasons you use to avoid the photos, I’ve used too!
“I’ve put weight on, so I’ll wait till I’ve lost it.”
Well thanks to covid, that weight isn’t going anywhere quickly!
“I haven’t got any makeup on”
Do you wear make-up all of the time? If you’re anything like me, I only wear it for special occasions, like going to bed! Haha, only kidding!
Honestly, your kids won’t remember whether or not you wore makeup, if your hair looked like you’d been through a bush backward. They will remember snuggling in bed watching a movie, brushing their hair while you lie on the sofa, and playing board games as a family. These are the things I remember doing with my mum.
My point is, when I look back at the few images I have of my mum, all I see is her! The woman I love and miss. Even though I too hate how I look in photos, I make sure I have yearly family photos taken because obviously, I am always the one behind the camera!
Otherwise, all my pictures with the boys would look like this.
I think we, as women, can be so self-critical and we have to stop. I class myself in that too! Be kind to yourself and do it for the kids. “GET IN THE PICTURE, MOMMA!”