Capturing Memories

We just had family photos taken!!

I’ll be honest. I was not looking forward to seeing photos of myself. In the last year and a half I’ve gained more weight than I’d like to talk about, and I’m just not happy with myself right now.

Originally this photo shoot was supposed to be just for Avery’s 2nd birthday photos. After thinking about it for a few nights (literally laying in bed, awake, thinking about photoshoots!) I decided “Damnit! I’m going to be IN these photos!!”

I’m always behind the lens. I take photos of Avery, photos of Avery with her friends, with her godparents, with her grandparents, with Daisy, with Dave. Hundreds thousands of photos of Avery…but I can count on one hand the number of non-selfies that Avery and I have together.

So, I put on my big girl panties and smiled! And it was so much fun. I really do enjoy having my picture taken, especially when the photographer is Heather Chick, but it’s about more than just the act of taking pictures. It’s about the memories.

I had to come to the realization that it doesn’t matter what I look like in the photos, it’s the fact that I’m in them. Period. That we have these images, gorgeous, amazing images, and our whole family is in them! Avery will always have these photos. She’ll see her mom and dad happy and smiling and having fun. The three of us. Together.

I hate to be morbid, but we never know what will happen in life. Your next day is never promised. Life can change in the blink of an eye. Having these photos is important. If you don’t believe me, think of a loved one that you have lost.  Do you have that one photo of them that means everything to you? Do you wish you had a picture of the two of you together?  I know I do.

And of course, these photos are just nice to have hanging in your home, making you smile, every day!!

I know there are so many moms, and women in general who hate, hate, HATE having their picture take. I get it I really, really do! But…GET OVER IT!!  You’ll be happy you did!!

Are there a few photos that I cringed at a little bit?  Sure. Like this one:

Copyright Heather Chick Photography 2014

Copyright Heather Chick Photography 2014

I saw this and thought “Ugh…my butt looks wide, my thighs look huge, ugh, I’m not sharing this one…” Then I realized, that it isn’t about me, or my jean size. It’s about how freaking cute Avery looks, and how sweet our family looks all holding hands!! I LOVE this photo now. I just had to look at it a bit differently!

There are other photos where I don’t think I look my best, but then I see the huge smile on Avery’s face and, again, think, this isn’t about how I look! It’s about how happy we all are!

So, go have your picture taken!! Have someone take photos of your whole family!  Don’t wait until you lose weight, or get a better hair cut or whatever the issue may be! Just do it! If you keep making excuses for why you can’t be in the photos, then you may miss the opportunity!

Here are few of our favorites from our session!

Copyright Heather Chick Photography 2014

Copyright Heather Chick Photography 2014

Copyright Heather Chick Photography 2014

Copyright Heather Chick Photography 2014

Copyright Heather Chick Photography 2014

Copyright Heather Chick Photography 2014

Copyright Heather Chick Photography 2014

Copyright Heather Chick Photography 2014

Copyright Heather Chick Photography 2014

Copyright Heather Chick Photography 2014

Copyright Heather Chick Photography 2014

Copyright Heather Chick Photography 2014

Copyright Heather Chick Photography 2014

Copyright Heather Chick Photography 2014

Copyright Heather Chick Photography 2014

Copyright Heather Chick Photography 2014

Copyright Heather Chick Photography 2014

Copyright Heather Chick Photography 2014

See more of Heather’s photography at www.heatherchickphotography.com or on FACEBOOK

6 comments

  1. Jen says:

    You really hit home about not liking yourself in pictures. It’s so hard to accept that this is how you look now, so suck it up and do it – like you said. I cannot love these pictures any more! Maybe, just maybe we can get some? Back to the topic, while you may see your imperfections in these pictures, what I see is a beautiful, happy family! <3

  2. heather chick says:

    I am working on a new website and stumbled upon this post Sarah!! I never saw it and I LOVE it!! Thank you so much for all of your kind words and I for one think you look FABULOUS!!! Regardless of that – ever word you wrote is oh-so-very-true for 99% of us women – myself included – and I am so happy that you were in FRONT of the camera:)! We need to get more of you two together:)!!

    • Sarah says:

      Aww!! I’m so happy that you saw this, and enjoyed it!! We were JUST talking about having another photo shoot with you (I saw your e-mail about the mini-sessions!) Thank you for capturing all of our beautiful memories!!

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