Though I do fancy myself a official member of the momarazzi, I still make mistakes. Okay, a lot of mistakes.
Sometimes I don’t set up properly for my photos. Sometimes I make my kids pose for pictures and “Say Cheese,” even though my toddler will never, ever say cheese.
I don’t always shoot under perfect lighting. I only shoot at sunrise or sunset in the winter when the days are shorter.
Sometimes, I do shoot in midday at Cherry Blossom parades when the sun is beaming and with a nine month old baby in one arm and my camera in the other.
I call that good multi-tasking.
I’m not a perfect photographer, or picture taker, or lady with a camera.
I’m not perfect because sometimes my models don’t cooperate. Sometimes, the storytelling moments that I want to capture don’t happen in the most ideal situations. Sometimes, they happen when one of my models is on the toilet at 7 pm in the evening in the bathroom with the worst lighting of all time.
But you know what? Even in these situations, I take the picture anyway.
I take pictures of my kids because I enjoy photography and pretty pictures, yes, but more than that, I enjoy making memories of my kids.
I say this to the person out there who may be thinking in reading this series, “Oh, I can’t remember all this crap about taking good pictures, so why try?” Or, to the person who, in taking lots of pictures and not getting the results they want who says, “Oh, I guess I suck and should just wait until I get better to take pictures of my kids…”
To these people, I say, “Please keep shooting!” Even if your pictures aren’t great now, don’t worry, you’ll get there. Even the blurriest pictures that I took of Nya’s babyhood are still some of my favorites, not because of how they look but because of what they represent, the memory.
Make it your goal, at this point, not to take a perfect picture but, instead, to capture the most perfect story. That’s it. Capture the story and work on the details of getting better at the whole picture part when you can.
Okay, now breathe and take some more pictures of your beautiful kids.