Julie over at The Peanut Gallery is trying to insist this isn't a meme, but I'm pretty sure it actually is. Even if it's not, it's a really cool thing for us to try. By "us" I mean: anyone with kids, a camera and a blog.
We take lots of pictures (too many, in my case) but are in very, very few. And maybe that's fine. I'm happy in my comfort zone behind the lens... but will I regret not busting out of that mold more often later down the road when my kids are grown and all I've got are memories and photographs, and if the first fails, just photographs? Yeah, I probably will. Of course now I look at pictures of me with the kids and critique the bags under my eyes and wonder why my mascara is clumped or think I look pudgy or have a weird smile. I want to crop myself out and focus on the cute babies.
But one of these days, I know that those photographs - no matter how tired or frumpy I look - will mean the world to me.
So I'm going to challenge myself to be on the other side of the camera more often. At least once a week, even. For Mommy and Me Mondays.
Admittedly, this week is a bit of a cheat. It's a picture of Jack and me on his third birthday, just before bed. I think it's in another post, but I didn't have a chance to get my act together with the camera this week or have my hubby help me out. So I grabbed something meaningful, even if it isn't new. It isn't the best photo - it's impromptu at the end of a looooooooong day in the middle of a hectic vacation in a hotel with less than gorgeous lighting and a less than gorgeous couch in the background, but you know what? I was right where I wanted to be in that moment and those smiles are as real as they get.
I'm also going to really try to take more pictures of the kids with their Daddy, but that's more a function of number of hours in a day since his work schedule is so demanding and when he gets home, no one is really in the, "Oooh, take my picture!" mood (except Jack who is always in that mood) and Hubs doesn't love having pictures of him in uniform splashed across the internet. So I'll work on it. He's easier on the eyes than me anyway.