As a mom, when was the last time you got behind the lens with your kiddos?
My grandma passed away last week (she had a beautiful, full life and went home to be with her Jesus). As I was going through old pictures to find images for her slideshow, I was reminded once again of the importance of capturing memories. I was also challenged as a mom, to make sure that I am getting in some of those images myself, whether I look all put together, even if I am not my ideal weight, regardless of whether my hair is a mess or my make-up is just so. This is not easy, I know! Even after telling myself that, I declined a picture yesterday because I hadn't showered or put on make-up, and I had piled my hair on top of my head Pebbles-style! I still need to work on my vanity. But looking through those old photos I did not care one little bit about how she looked - it was all about the fact that she was there. I could see her - when she was a teenager, as a young bride standing with her groom, spending time with friends, cradling her precious children, grandchildren and then great-grandchildren. Those pictures were as much for the rest of us as they were for her, especially now that they are all we have. Sometimes we need to think beyond ourselves - I want my children to have images and memories of me.
I really encourage you to get into some pictures this Mother's Day (sign up for a mini session with your kids - young or old, or even hand your camera off to your husband or children for some snapshots) - whether or not you have it all together, because they will not care. They will not focus on the little imperfections that you do. You mean the world to them regardless of how you feel about yourself!
Contact me if you want to book a time slot or have any questions. Or maybe you would like to purchase a spot for one of the women in your life - it's the perfect Mother's Day gift (though I might be biased!). Grandmas are very welcome too :)
ALL the proceeds from this day of mini sessions will be donated to the Crisis Pregnancy Centre Westman in Brandon in celebration of moms and the vital roles that they play in all of our lives. This particular ministry is one that I am passionate about - these struggling moms and their little ones tug at my heart. In April the centre is opening up a maternity home for pregnant women with nowhere to go. Kairos Home will soon be available to pregnant women who are alone, facing homelessness and in need of support for the duration of their pregnancy and those crucial first few months with an infant. This is not just a place for them to live. Residents will be given the support and opportunity to complete education goals and work towards establishing career plans and job opportunities. Attention will also be given to learning life skills, receiving counselling support for emotional, mental and spiritual issues and concerns, and learning how to care for a child and prepare a safe, independent home. Please check out their website for more information.