When it comes to being in the picture, all too often, mommies just get totally shafted. We are always the person behind the camera. We are the ones who research tips on how to take better photos. We capture everyone else making memories with our babies. But ourselves? We're relegated to awkward selfies. Or we hand the camera over to someone else and beg for a couple of sub-par snaps. No one just thinks of us. Thinks to capture us candidly while we are focused on our children and not the camera.
So when longtime friends bring their new babies to visit me, I send them cryptic text messages in advance..."wear make-up and neutral colors". Then somewhere in the middle of all the chatting, coffee drinking, and baby snuggling, I herd them into some nice light and pull out my gear. Because I'm a mom too, and nothing would make me happier than if someone would do that for me.
So word to the husbands, parents, siblings, and friends of new mothers...heck, all mothers! Be observant. Look for the moments you can pick up a camera and capture a few memories for her. Don't tell her. Don't ask her to look or smile. Chances are, she will tell you not to take her picture. So just do it. There is no time in our lives more precious than this, and no time more fleeting.
Here are Erin and baby Lily:
Natalie is a lifestyle family photographer serving Pensacola, FL and surrounding areas. With a passion for capturing candid family moments, she specializes in birth and newborn lifestyle photography. Natalie lives in Pensacola with her husband and two (very difficult to photograph) children. Besides photography, she has a passion for modern sewing projects and graphic design.
Photo credit: Indie Pearl Photography