gallamore west: Mom in the picture {#mommemories}

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mom in the picture {#mommemories}

Lately I've been thinking a lot about the pictures I take.  Moms are always taking pictures, right?  My Mom took soooo many pictures of us growing up. But she's only in a few. Mom was mostly BEHIND the camera, not in front.
 I've made a commitment to myself recently: 
 Step out from behind the camera.

 Most days, I attempt to rock a 2-day old ponytail while wearing my standard daily attire of well-worn jeans, flip-flops and a baby in my Ergo carrier.

While I am FAR from a perfect looking Mom, 
my kids don't care about that.  
They don't care what color my toenails are painted,
or what brand of mascara I use,
{or whether I wear any at all}
or that I wear the most hideous pajamas ever,
or that I haven't gone to the gym in forever,
or that I rotate through about 5 shirts that fit me.

My kids care that I am HERE...
that I am laughing with them,
that I am listening to them,
that I care about what they like,
that I play trains with them,
that I kick the soccer ball with them,
that I sit and watch a movie they like with them,
that I support them in their class at school,
that I tickle, giggle, hug and kiss them,
and that I put little notes in their lunch.

They care that I am HERE for them.  

And when we look back on the pictures of fun memories we've made together as a family, I want those pictures to show that I was there with them too.  

So, here goes... Mom is HERE and she's in the pictures! 

And honestly, it helps ease all of those lack of confidence issues, or "but I have no makeup on" and "my hair is in a ponytail AGAIN" issues to just start putting pictures out there that are less than perfect.  Because that is real life.  

And real life is what we're living here at Gallamore West :)

And here's a really silly video where I actually thought it was a picture being taken {thus the non-moving smile for the 1st bit} and where I say "chunka chunka chunka" in a scary man voice.  But you know what?  My 7 year old and I laughed our heads off sitting on the front porch watching this tonight. So that's what matters.

How about you???  
Are you hiding behind the camera?  

Let's step out in front together and show our kiddos that we are here making memories with them.   Whether we are working moms, work at home moms, stay at home moms... as long as we are doing what we can to show our kids that we are here for them, that is what matters most.  You ARE present in your kids' lives.  

So I encourage you to step out in front of the camera...
show your smile, 
rock that ponytail, 
and let's gather memories through pictures that show that you are present in the lives of your kids.

Hash-tag #mommemories on Instagram pics {and Twitter too, although that is still sooo foreign to me... am I alone in thinking that?!}  I would love to have you join me in creating a fun community of Moms who live with purpose to create meaningful memories with our sweet kids! xoxo


Colleen said...

I love this idea Laurie! I'm going to make a point of it.

Monica said...

Your photos are lovely and yes I agree, moms need to make a steadfast attempt to be visible in photos! I am working on this too as I am rarely in them! Thanks for someday photos turn in into the most precious vehicles for reliving memories.

Leslie @ Violet Imperfection said...

I really love thus idea, we moms really do need to be in front of the camera more.

Denise said...

SO TRUE! I am joining you and will be sharing your post over at

Jaimee @ Craft, Interrupted said...

I'm so glad I'm connecting with you on instagram! I'm catching your posts now. You have such a lovely spirit - I shared this on my crafty facebook page : )

Four Marrs and One Venus said...

This is the best post! Love it- you are one mom that I look up to oh so much! Great moments you captured with your kids! I am going to take this challenge- yes I am- Love it!!

Jade Steckly said...

Amazing, accurate, and awesome! I am a chronic ponytail wearer. Some days I attempt to wear it down...I usually make it until noon.
Thanks for the reminder to step in front of the camera!

Craftberry Bush said...

Oh Laurie, I just love this post so are so beautiful and you're right about our children's unconditional love even when we feel less than attractive they don't see that...thank you so much for inspiring. This has been by far my fave read tonight...xo Lucy @ craftberry bush...

Heidi @ Moms Crafty Space said...

Yes! I am SO in! I've made a few attempts to do this in the past, but I swear I'll do better this time around! You're not the only one who feels like a fish out of water on Twitter...I still don't totally get it either. I can't wait to get started on this!

Bethany@ said...

Found you through Craftberry Bush link party and thought "That is a sweet picture of a Mama loving on her baby" so I clicked over ;)

I am like you and try to include my babies in all of my projects as you are exactly right: they need to know that we appreciate them and are present during all the little moments. And laugh attacks with little boys are truly the best!! ;)

Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers said...

Just wanted to say how much I love this idea! On our flight down to Palm Springs I told my husband how i was looking through pictures from this summer and was so sad that I hardly had any with our family or of me and my daughters. I want to be able to capture those moments with her, not just of her. Such a great reminder Laurie!

Allie484 said...

I was putting a photobook together for our first (a beautiful boy, almost six months now). I have dozens of photos of him snuggling with my husband, but I realized there are so few of the two of us together! This couldn't have come at a better time - I need to get in front of the camera with my little boy. I want him to know I was right there with him every step of the way. Thanks again, and God bless you and your family!

Craftberry Bush said...

saw this and reminded me of you..

hope you're doing well...xo

Cate said...

I am so guilty of hiding behind the camera! Lately I have been trying to embrace it!! You are beautiful and so is real life! I love that you wrote this....I hope you know that it is exactly what I need to hear!

Angela said...

This is a great idea. I lurk behind the camera--and I made the decision to come out from behind about a month ago. Making some progress!

Charlotte Rawles said...

DEFINITELY guilty of hiding because of lack of make up or unwashed hair!! Love this, real confidence booster!!
Charlotte -

Meredith said...

This is such a great post! Stopping by from the Mommy Brain Mixer link-up and I'm so glad I did. I never get pics of myself with the kids either, but yours are inspiring! I love what you said about being HERE--absolutely our #1 priority as moms.

Forgetful Momma said...

Great post. I have thought a number of times that if something happened to me my kids would have almost no clue as to what I looked like because I'm behind the camera.

Raising Reagan said...

It is so important to be in your child's pictures! Otherwise how would they know you were having fun too?!
Great post.
Following you from the Mommy Brain Mixer.
Looking forward to following along :)


Sorry if I show as no-reply. I'm not on blogger.

Maria @ Life on M Avenue said...

This is SO TRUE! And I LOVE real life.. it's not perfect and it IS messy so why try to hide it? I did make my husband take a picture of me and my kids the other day, but I admit it was partly because I actually had makeup on that day!! :) Following you from the Mommy Brain Mixer!

Julia P F said...

Beautiful pics. You are the only one who would notice thr lack of make up:). Thanks for thr reminder. And thanks for hosting


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