So with Mother's Day around the corner, I wanted to step up on my soapbox for a moment. If you see a mom with her kids this mother's day (or any other day for that matter), take a picture of them. It doesn't matter if it's your cell, or whatever you happen to have on you... Please, take the picture. And then get it to them. I promise you that mom will be overly grateful.
Why? Because I'd bet money that she's the one behind the camera all the time, meaning she has very few, if any, images of her with her kids. I mean, I know moms are pretty good about scheduling family photo sessions, but what about all the time in between? What about those snuggle fests on Sunday mornings? Or the bubble blowing? Or the tickle fights? Who's documenting those moments for her?
Take this as an example... I have a very rambunctious, squirmy little boy who rarely sits and cuddles with me any more. And honestly, he's getting so tall that it's only a matter of time before he won't fit on my lap anymore. The other night, all three of us were watching a movie in Austin and I's room. Dex decided he wanted to crawl into my lap, and stayed there for a good chunk of the movie. I would have LOVED a picture of that moment, but for me to do it, I would have had to get up, go get my big camera, set up the timer function, take a couple test shots to make sure the lighting and frame was good, and then take the picture, hoping that Dex would want to come back and sit on my lap. Not to mention at that point it's not really natural anymore. I've set up a scene (which is fine, but you get what I'm saying) and taken an image of that. Besides... Most moms don't have a set up like that either. Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuut, I had my husband sitting next to me the whole time. I mean yes, in the interest of communication, I could have nudged him and said, "Hey, take a picture of us!" but I also know that Declan sees a camera, and automatically does something weird, or doesn't want his picture taken at all so the element of surprise is essential. Not to mention I notice the camera, and much to my own chagrin, feel myself tilting my chin to get the best non-forty-chins angle or pulling my shirt down to cover the roll that's hanging out. The magic of the moment is lost.
To me, there's something about a mom's natural interactions with her kids... The ones where she's not aware of anyone watching. They're raw, and beautiful, and, for lack of a better term, they hit you hard in the feels. It doesn't matter if it's a cell phone picture or a picture taken with a $5,000 camera... The feeling is THE EXACT SAME. So do me a favor... If you see it, take the picture. Please. Us moms will be forever grateful.
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