Have you made a New Year's Resolution? I know, I know. Please don't roll your eyes. Many of us are trying to eat more salads, spend more time exercising, get more organized, and be more present with our kids. I know.
But here's a more unique resolution I challenge you to make: Come out from behind the camera and get in the picture with your family.
In my years photographing families, I've heard every excuse in the book, coming from moms with kids of all ages.
"Yes, I want to do family pictures as soon as soon as":
But what it boils down to is that we -- the Moms -- want to change the way we look before our likeness is captured for generations to come.
And, believe me, I'm guilty of this as well. I've been putting off getting head shots taken for a year now, waiting to lose that 20 pounds. I shy away from phone pics and will head toward the back when there's a group pic being taken.
I'm consciously trying to change my mindset and I ask that you do, too. If you turn it around and think about your kids looking through photos in 20 years, you want them to remember those special moments, the connections, and even laugh about the temper tantrum your toddler was having that particular day.
Your kids want pictures and memories of you, just the way you are. The way they see you everyday. Real. It's those authentic moments that will be the most cherished -- not the carefully curated, heavily filtered images that are living on social media for likes and comments.
So, get real, be yourself, and document the precious stages of your family's life.