Last week, my daughter turned 16 – she’s my youngest. Here’s the video: Morgan’s Birthday. It’s a solid display of my singing voice. Beautiful harmony at the end. I also have a nineteen year old and an eighteen year old. It’s hard to believe how fast they’ve grown and are leaving home.
I got a little nostalgic last week and started organizing old pictures when they were young. We have very few family pictures. In reality, we have only FOUR family pictures in Morgan’s 16 years! You read that right.
It got me thinking about my OWN childhood. I found my childhood photo book and started looking at pictures. Again, only a few family portraits. Here are the family pictures I could find.
I do remember another picture when we were teenagers… So, coincidentally, my parents also did FOUR family pictures done while I was growing up. My dad was also a photographer so maybe it’s a case of the shoemaker’s son has no shoes…
I actually think this is a pattern with most of us. We love getting pictures of our children but are uncomfortable with ourselves. It usually is our hair, our weight, our face… I wrote about this two years ago – that we are all waiting for some ‘ideal’ time. With my own family, we waited too long. We have a family picture with Morgan when she was a baby, 3 years old, 9 years old, and 12 years old. That’s it! I have almost nothing that documents our RELATIONSHIP. I would give anything to have more images with me in them. Because I was always the one taking the pictures, it’s as if I didn’t exist.
I encourage you to get into the picture with your child at FotoFly. It DOES NOT MATTER what you look like! The key is that we are capturing the RELATIONSHIP between you and your kids – which is always beautiful. Whatever discomfort exists in getting family pictures taken is nothing compared to the discomfort in living without them later.
To help motivate you, if you bring this coupon in before September 30th and get a family picture (the parent(s) included), I’ll give you a free 11×14. So, you now have a small reason added to your big reason to finally get that family picture done sooner than later.