I know I say this a lot. Please Mom’s be present in photographs – by yourself and Mommy daughter (or son) photos! Please don’t stress about how you look or how much weight you’ve gained. Please just be there. You don’t have to post them to social media, just take them. Make sure they exist – that you exist in photographs. Get in those photos with your daughter or son. Take those weird Mommy daughter selfies! Just get in the photo. Do it for them. Every time you think you don’t want to have your picture taken try to remember that it’s not for you, it’s for them! (I’ll harp later about how important it is to actually print them as well!) We are so lucky to live in a time when photos are so easy!
I have 3 main images of my Mom that I remember seeing growing up. I LOVE them! They are the only record I have of what she was like. As I’ve gone through stages in life I’ve wanted desperately to see my Mom at those same stages – to feel connected to her in that way.
This image is the only one I know of or remember from my Mom as a child and I adore it! It was a professional photo I believe. This photo makes me swoon every time I see it. I picture my Mom as a little girl just like my little girls! Not too mention that it’s a beautiful piece of art!
I’m sure there are others but this is one of the only photos of know of from when my Mom was a young adult. This is how I picture her…camping and having dogs along. I LOVE her smile. This is my vibrant and amazing mother!This is a photo of my Mom holding me. Once again, there may be others but this is the ONE image I remember from her and I together when I was young. This is my one Mommy daughter image that I have of us. My Mom was often on the other side of the camera so getting a photo of us together didn’t happen often. My mom existed. She was a present and wonderful Mom but memories fade. I want to always have these images to remind me of what she was like when she had 4 young kids, as I do now.
As I got older, and cameras got better, we of course took more photos. This is my Mom and I in Alaska, on a Kenai Fjords Tour boat, one summer while I was in college. This photo is fun but it doesn’t create the same emotion in me as the others do, but I hope that someday my daughters will treasure it as I treasure the “camping photo” of my Mom.
Of course now, in the world of cell phones selfies, my Mommy daughter images have increased threefold! We take selfies every chance we get!! Here we are overlooking Lake George, NY! I adore this lady and am so grateful for photographs that I can treasure long after she is gone and my mind can’t quite hold on to the memory of her!