If you are like me, than you tend to enjoy being the one behind the camera instead of the one in front of it. I love taking pictures! Always have. I enjoy going back and looking at old pictures and remembering the story behind the picture, for every picture has a story.
My 19 year old loves taking pictures too and she unlike me is not shy of the camera. She is always wanting pictures of us together and yes there are the times where I am like, “really, a picture now??” But I was once again reminded of how precious pictures can be by a comment that a friend shared on Facebook.
She also preferred to not be in pictures until her teenager looked at her and said, “Mom, if you die we will barely have any pictures of you.” Talk about a punch to the gut! She took that as her wake up call and now she happily poses, for yes she is making memories. She is providing special reminders of her for her dear loved ones when she is no longer here.
When you look at pictures from that perspective can you really argue about not wanting your picture taken. This is not about wishing you were a supermodel and wanting to have every hair in place. This is about giving memories to your loved ones of you being YOU! They love you for being YOU, not for what you look like.
They want to capture that beautiful smile because it captures the beauty of your heart. They want to capture you as you stare off into the mountains in a moment of contemplation, because they want to capture your serious side.
There are also the embarrassing moments that can be captured in a picture. Trust me I have had those moments! Let it be done, so your loved ones can remember the many times of laughter you provided. Go ahead and make a face for the camera, give them something to laugh at in years to come and yes to laugh at now. Laugh with them, remember Laughter is the Best Medicine!
The next time the camera pops up in front of you, don’t shy away from it. Jump in front of it! You are making memories. Capturing a moment in time that can’t ever be repeated. Don’t always be the one holding the camera, pass it over and happily pose with your loved one or just by yourself. Remember its not about having your makeup done or perhaps trying to suck in your stomach, its about being YOU!
About giving your loved ones smiles that someday may help wipe away their tears.
Smile for the camera! No one else can take your place!