Life as a Mom

I don’t want to be a ghost #mom #mommy #momslife #familypictures

69526_4194149825344_1457402910_nSeveral months ago I read an article about a woman who lost her mother and in going through the family photos to make an album of memories, she realized that her mother had, over the course of her lifetime, shied away from the camera.

She took the pictures.

She was never in them.

As someone who has avoided the camera most of her life this article hit me . . . hard.

While I don’t think I’m photogenic and I hate posing for pictures, my personal feelings don’t matter compared to the risk that my children could face the same sad situation or the article writer.

I don’t want to be a ghost. I don’t want to deny them memories because of my own prejudice against the camera lens.

And I also want to give them these memories in actual albums.

In this day of camera on cell phones and Facebook albums, I’m starting to see that the days of a family album of actual pictures are becoming a thing of the past. I have to say that saddens me a little. Some of the fondest times I have is remembering looking through the old family albums. Seeing all the pictures that my grandparents took when they were first married of their road trips or just everyday life.

I’ve been trying to keep up with making an album for each of my children for each year, but I have to admit that I’m far behind. It’s my goal now, though, to get each book caught up and printed. It will be expensive, but it will be worth it.

Do you guys have albums? Are you one of those who shy away from the camera? How do you get past it?

    

Advertisements

9 thoughts on “I don’t want to be a ghost #mom #mommy #momslife #familypictures

  1. I hate pictures of myself. I’m not photogenic at all. I must’ve taken 100 pictures to get one halfway decent for my bio pic on Kindle Scout. Like you, I try to keep out of all pictures. I don’t have children though. So, I think it’s a good idea to get in those photographic memories with your girls.

    BTW, the photos I’ve seen of you have all been beautiful.

  2. I’ve been trying to make an album for my son. One each year will be hard, but I definitely want printed pictures over digital ones. The ones on the cloud seem lost and forgotten somehow. We still need actual pictures like we still need physical books. Sounds like a good goal to me!

    1. Luckily, I have all (from my phone and my camera) the pictures on my computer. I have to go through and delete the duplicates, though. I have a file for every year, so it’s at least organized. Lol. I’m debating on printing them out and putting them in albums or doing those scrapbook type ones that you can from Walmart or Walgreens. It’s my new project.

  3. This article definitely hits home. I constantly ask my husband to take pictures of me with my son, regardless of if I want them or not. For this exact reason. Because I am always the one taking the pictures and am never in them, unless it is a selfie. I am starting to try to make and effort to get more pictures with him. Time goes so fast. I don’t want to miss a moment.

    1. Thank you for stopping by! Yes, time does go by fast. Usually in the day to day grind, it doesn’t, but overall, there are times you wake up and think, how the world did they go from baby to a four year old? Where did the time go? You know you lived it, but it just doesn’t seem to add up. I wish you luck on getting in more pictures! 🙂

  4. This brought tears to my eyes, I’m on the opposite side of this, I’m too busy taking photos of myself that I don’t take the time to let my mom take as many pics as she wants. She LOVES taking photos and I get annoyed a bit (I know bad daughter) I want photos too, but she keeps wanting to delete them and retake… Maybe I should dedicate at least 15 minutes to her need as well… Don’t want to regret it later 😦 I hope you can checkout my mommy blog, New blogger needing support. Thank you so much.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s