Here’s something you can do for yourself on Mother’s Day: Get in a family photo. As a photographer and a mom, I often see how moms can be excluded from these keepsakes. Oftentimes, moms are the unofficial family photographer, corralling the group to make sure important and everyday moments are memorialized, but never remembers to jump in the photo herself. Other times, they are just reluctant to be in any photo. The result is that our children can have few photos that show us, how we looked at them, how we loved them, how we nurture them. I actually don’t have a single photo of me and my mother — which is most likely why I’m so passionate about creating these images for my clients. So, how to make the process a little easier? Some no-pressure tips for getting that great shot.
- Ask a friend, family member or your husband to make sure to get some photos of you and the kids. Even if you have to take a selfie, that’s better than nothing. Or, book a professional session with an experienced photographer who can help take the pressure off, since they can guide you on what to wear, how to pose, etc.
- It’s important that you feel fabulous in whatever you are wearing, whether that be casual or more dressed-up. I always recommend that moms wear lip gloss (which brights your face in photos), and wear hair loose around their face — a tightly-pulled back bun or ponytail can give the appearance of being bald in photos. There’s no need to agonize over what you’ll wear. Here’s a bunch of easy tips on pulling together the right outfit for you and the family.
- Don’t worry too much about posing. There’s nothing more sweet and memorable than a photograph where a mother and child are making eye-contact, laughing or cuddling together. These are intimate moments that always evoke emotion and a sense of connection. If you’re less than comfortable with your shape, have your children sit in your lap or wrap your arms around them.
- Make sure to print your photos. It’s important for our children to see themselves as belonging to something greater than themselves. Knowing they’re part of a loving team increases children’s self-esteem! The options can be overwhelming so start simply with just one large canvas in your living room, bedroom, or playroom.
About the author: Carolyn Clement is a Philadelphia-based photographer who studied and trained in NYC, and has been taking photos since 2007. She specializes in contemporary children, family, newborn and maternal photography, with a focus on city living. To book a session call 347-215-1739 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo credit: Carolyn Clement