Getting in front of that camera lens

One of this years ‘goals’ was to be in front of the camera lens more. It’s something that I am horribly guilty of not doing because I’m always the one taking the picture. However, the more I thought about it, the more it dawned on me that my children need photos with their Mum actually in the photos. Otherwise, the photos {in many years to come} won’t hold any sentimentality to them.

My Mum sadly passed away a few years ago and as I was going through her things {as you do with a family member after they’ve passed} I came across her hundreds of photos. Do you know what I found very little of? Photos of my Mum with my Brother and me.

My Mummy and me
There were perhaps {tragically} a handful of photos of my Mum and me when I was a baby. One or two of my Mum and my Brother as a baby and I have one single photo of my Mum and me from about 5yrs ago. So not many at all and I refuse to have my children experience that in the future. I want my children to be able to have those photos of us as a family, me finally coming out from behind that lens to be captured in the moment. It helps taking part in the Me & Mine photo project challenge each month!

Me and Mine
It might very well be an age thing because the older I get the more I feel the need to be submersed in family snapshots; from past family holidays, of funny moments perfectly captured and even special occasions and epic baby milestones. I think photos we take can easily be lost on our digital hard drives {I know I have tens of thousands left unprinted} and that makes me sad. Printing out our photos and putting them into albums seems to be a previous generation sort of thing to do {my Mum had so many photos filled in albums}, however printing them out to frame seems to be my new craze. There are loads of places to get your photos printed and Truprint is one of many! The walls of our home are now slowly being sprinkled with memories that make me smile every time I walk passed them.

My next place to sprinkle with memories? The wall as you go up the stairs; making a stair wall gallery has been something I have wanted to do forever. So I cannot wait to pick the photos to print, frame and finally get up onto those walls.

*This this is a collaborative post

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  1. 13/03/2017 / 8:56 PM

    Family photos are so important! Even if it is like pulling teeth to get everyone to look at the camera!
    #anythinggoes

    • 13/03/2017 / 9:17 PM

      Photos are SO important and the more natural the better in my book!

  2. I agree it is so important to have a story of your family through photos. Thanks for sharing with us at #OvertheMoon Link Party. I’ve pinned and shared.

    • 17/03/2017 / 8:14 AM

      Sometimes getting everyone to look at the camera is half the fun {or battle}! lol

  3. 17/03/2017 / 12:48 PM

    I love a printed photo. Like you say, it’s so easy to lose digital ones. I also find I rarely if ever look through them, where framed and displayed photos are seen. Sorry to hear about your mum, I’m glad you found at least a couple of photos of her!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
    Debbie
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    • 17/03/2017 / 3:53 PM

      A printed photo most definitely wins, doesn’t it. As you say, it’s seen, appreciated, remembered and smiled at. Much better than being lost in cyberspace somewhere. Thanks so much for popping by. x

  4. 18/03/2017 / 9:30 PM

    Me and mine sounds like a great project to get involved in! I hadnt really thought about the importance of being in photos before, at least not for this reason and now I feel compelled to make sure that I am! Inspiring post, thanks for sharing it on #MarvMondays. Emily

    • 20/03/2017 / 9:16 AM

      It is a great project. I love taking part in it. Being in photos, for the sake of our children and our children’s children {I think} is just so so important. It’s still something I am trying to achieve. It’s such a hard habit to break!

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