Because of you, they were born;

because of them, a mother was born

So often, I hear from Mumma’s that they wish they were in more pictures with their families. It seems to fall to the mums of the world to take on the role of family photographer… adding to the long list of tasks we already fulfil. But we do it, and we do it with a smile on our faces.

We get so busy doing everything for everyone else and capturing moments of our kids with everyone else; that we don't even realise until our kids are halfway grown that we aren’t in many photos with our families at all.

And that sucks! That really SUCKS!

A man and woman embracing on the beach
a boy kissing his mothers nose with the father standing behind
A father and son fist bumping while hugging mum on the beach at sunset

the truth of it all!

Why is it that we feel like we need to shy away from the camera?

Is it that we get caught up in documenting our kids' lives that we forget to include ourselves? Is it that we don't feel as confident with our bodies post children?

I am totally guilty of both of these and countless other reasons and excuses! 

But you want to know the truth??

Our partners, kids and families love us for US! Our partners and children love us just the way we are. And I can guarantee that in 10-15 years when we’re going through photos with our grown children. They won't see that extra 5-10kg; they won't see the pimples or blemishes on our faces, they won't notice our dirty sweats and our tired faces… (Motherhood is probably the toughest hood you'll ever travel through... amiright????)

Do you know what they will notice?

A boy holding tightly to his mothers finger

they will notice

They will notice that you aren’t in the pictures. They will notice that the majority of their childhood photos are of them with their siblings, with their dads, or with the rest of the family… and you know what they will wish for?

They will wish they had some photos of mum to love and cherish the way we cherish their photos now.

I think Aaron Siskind summed up the importance of photography and getting in the picture perfectly by saying;

‘Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.’

When you think about it like that, can you begin to see how important it is to be in the photo?

To not only be present at the moment but also be a part of those memories.

Because it is so true, looking at photos, you can be transported back in an instant to that moment in time.

We as human beings are generally a nostalgic bunch, and many of us can relate to the sentimental value of family photographs from times long since gone. I know I still get out pictures from my childhood and can remember the day exactly!

A mother and son hugging on the beach at sunset

So for our children's sake, and for the love of all that is holy… Mumma…. Just get in the darn picture!!

Hand the camera or even your phone to hubby, hand it to a friend, heck, even give it to a stranger!!

Just please get in those pictures!

Give your kin something to hold near and dear to their hearts once you have gone from this world.

And if you truly hold the value of photographs in high esteem, why not hire a professional?

It is MY job to showcase your love and connection; it is my job to show you how gorgeous you are. It is my responsibility to give you heirloom quality images that will be treasured for years to come.

And this is a job that I do with my whole heart. I am deeply honoured when a family hires me to photograph them as they are in life right now. It is truly a blessing and one I do not take lightly. 

My promise to you is to always show up for you, to show you how gorgeous you are, and to meet you where you're at. I will never get you to do anything you are not comfortable doing. I will give you my all for the time that we are together, and I will always go above and beyond to deliver you a gallery of images that you can look back on and fall in love with all over again. I will give you little pieces of YOU wrapped up in a photograph.

Stay Weird + Stay Wild

Rach Xx