Month: March 2015

Family portrait project – January 2015

I’ve been setting myself the challenge of personal photography projects each year for the last few years.  In 2013 I did a project 365, which I did find quite hard going at times but was really pleased to have completed at the end of the year.  In 2014 I went for a slightly less intense 10 on 10 project, taking 10 photos on the 10th of each month.  I loved this project, it was much more fun than the 365 and still gave me a lovely record of our year.

One thing I did notice though, with both of these projects, is that at the end of the year there weren’t that many photos of me.  Now, I’m really not desperate to spend more time in front of the camera, I’m quite happy to be the one behind it, but I am very aware that I want there to be photos of me with my children.

When they’re older, I want them to be able to look back at photos from their early years and see me with them.  I also want them to know what I looked like when they were little.  

There is a fab photographer called Sue Bryce who champions the idea of existing in photos.  She talks about the importance of not waiting until you’re ‘perfect’ before you step in front of the camera.  The most important thing for your family is that there’s evidence that you were there.  

I’m conscious at the moment that I weigh a bit more than I’d like and that my hair is in desperate need of a cut and colour.  But I also know that, when they’re older, my children won’t see those things when they see photos of me.  They’ll see Mummy.  They’ll see me.  And most important, they’ll see that I was there!

And that’s good enough for me.  So, I’m making a real effort this year.  To get me and my husband in front of the camera more.  To exist in photographs for our children.  To capture our whole family, not just our children.  Every month I’ll take a ‘family portrait’ of some description.  They won’t all be traditional portraits, but they will capture who we are at that moment in time!

So I started in January with a series of headshots.  I thought it would be great to do this at the start of the year and then again in December, to see how much we all change in that time.

I’d love to know your thoughts on this – are you making sure you exist in photos for your children?!
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