I've been following Emily at the anderson crew for quite some time now. One of my favorite parts of her blog is "Embrace the Camera." Embrace the Camera is just a way of encouraging mama's (or anyone for that matter) to turn the camera around and get in the picture instead of always being the one taking the pictures.
It wasn't until Tiff wrote this post about getting in the picture that I really thought about the pictures we have that are of Camden and me. Look at my Instagram feed (OK, let's be honest - InstaCam) and it is flooded (literally) with snapshots of my boy - most of them by himself. Very few are of him and me, him and Ryan, or worse - the three of us.
In the beginning, I didn't want my picture taken. I was tired and disheveled, and it was just easy to quickly snap photos of Camden. Now, I'm less tired and (hopefully) a lot less disheveled, so my only real excuse is that I don't want all of our pictures together to be selfies. Oh, and Ryan is a horrible photographer.
Times they are a changin'. I give you my first installment of Embrace the Camera.
Yesterday, I participated in a Virtual 5K with The Viefhaus Sisters and asked Ryan to snap a picture of me and my wogging buddy when we were done and sweaty.
Someone was just more interested in our running bib.
My goal is to consciously get in more pictures. More pictures with Camden. More pictures with Ryan. And to take more pictures of us as a family.
Will I do this every single week? Probably not. But I can sure try. Because Camden is growing so fast. And the truth is - Camden doesn't care that there's baby sweet potatoes on my shirt and in my hair, that I don't have make-up on, that I have dark circles and bags under my eyes, that my hair is a hot-sweet-potato-mess, and that I haven't showered in two days. Someday, he's going to want to see pictures of him and his mama. Probably not until he's 30. But whatever. It's important.
Go embrace the camera with someone you love!