Hey Momma. Mom. Mommy. Ma. Whichever you currently answer to (maybe all of them?) I know that once you have kids your identity you once had takes a backseat. You are now, and will forever be known as (fill in your kids’ name)’s Mom. Your whole life has turned upside down, and strangely, you’re ok with it.
You may be here because you are simply looking for a photographer.
Or maybe you are here because you are looking to feel seen and heard. To have your presence in the lives of your children documented. To show that while maybe you haven’t showered in a couple days, and your hair is once again pulled back into a semi-permanent messy bun, you show up everyday for them. You are their cheerleader, laundry-extraordinaire, personal chef, creative coach, therapist, on call nurse, their childhood paparazzi and biggest fan.
One problem. In all those pictures on your phone of their life….where are YOU?
My girls are now 18 and 15, but I remember when they were younger. I remember their school concerts, and sports games, and every time they tried something new and failed and kept trying until they eventually succeeded. I remember, because I took photos. Lots of photos. I took the photos because I purposely didn’t want to be IN the photos. I hated the way I looked and couldn’t bare the thought of looking at myself (oh the horror!)
But then something happened. I was flipping through photos of my little girls’ childhood and I was visibly absent. I had hundreds of photos of my children with their Dad. Just one or two with me and them. And that is the day I stopped caring about what I looked like.
MAYBE this is the skinniest I will ever be.
MAYBE I could stop giving a sh*t and just be present with my girls while they are still little.
MAYBE I could just realize that no matter what I look like right now, my kids love me no matter what.
When I’m gone and they are looking through the photos of their childhood, no child has ever said “Gosh, I wish my Mom would have lost weight before she was in this photo of us”.
THAT is why I hope you are here. I hope you have a thousand pictures of your kids. I hope a good chunk of those have YOU in them. If you’re also visibly absent, I hope you are ready to be present.
I hope you are ready to smile and hug and high five and play and laugh and forget about the camera.
After all, that is why I am here.
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