I loved that even when her children ended up being unable to make their family mini session she still wanted to continue with it. “If something were ever to happen to me, if I got hit by a bus or something, I would want them to have pictures of me,” she joked.
I love this.
Our trip to Disneyland last February. Jacob’s birthday last year. My goodness even Christmas morning. You would never know I was there. My family looks like it consists of two adorable kiddos and some guy with a beard that occasionally pops into the background of the frame.
What I’m saying is that as moms (and even dads) we are never in front of the camera. And it’s for more reasons than the fact that we’re usually the ones taking the pictures. It’s because we want to lose “just five more pounds”, we want to wait until after our next hair appointment, we don’t have anything to wear. When it comes down to it, we just aren’t comfortable in front of the camera.
But you know what? I doubt that any child who has lost a parent ever says that they would only cherish images where their parent looked perfect. And our kids think we are perfect anyways. To me, my dad has always been one of the most handsome men I have ever seen. I loved his dimples, his brown eyes, his smile. And as his daughter, growing up he defined my idea of what a “knight in shining armor” was. And I would give anything for more images of my dad now that he is gone.
So when Jen told me that she wanted to do a shoot of just herself I was thrilled and so proud of her. It takes a lot of guts to get out in front of that camera and she totally rocked it! I have had the privilege of photographing all of Jen’s four children and love that it was finally her turn in the spotlight. She deserves it and her kids deserve these beautiful images of their gorgeous mama.