I was never blessed with the chance of meeting either set of grandparents. I have a handful of their pictures and they have become some of my most treasured family heirlooms.
I'd say I have done a better job of jumping in front of the camera these days, but I'm really bummed that there may be less than three pictures of all five of us together. NOT TO WORRY, I'm making plans to change that with our Christmas cards this year, thanks to a very talented friend and photographer. Josh and I decided in years past it was worth the extra frustration and difficulty of dusting off the tripod and making sure we use a family portrait for our Christmas cards. We want to give our children the gift tangible childhood memories they can cherish for a lifetime. One thing I love about those images is that the crazy chaos that went into taking the pictures (pulling outfits together, wrangling all the kids, trying to remember how to work the tripod and self-tmer on the camera...) all fades over time. What remains are a beautiful framed memories. No one will ever notice that my non-maternity jeans couldn't zip all the way up or that the next year I tried to hide my post-baby belly with a jacket. My hope is that our children will always look past our imperfections and be grateful we chose to exist in photographs for their sake. It's hard to argue with these wise words:
I am not sure if my grandmother felt perfect the day she posed for this photo, but I am so grateful she did. To me she looked stunning! If only i could have known her.
Josh on the other hand, has a whole childhood full of memories of his grandparents on both sides of his family. And his mother was kind enough to give us these pictures.
So I implore you, grab that camera and set the self-timer, trust me you'll end up taking plenty of pictures and some of the outtakes will be the best shots. You can even up your game and invest in a wireless remote shutter release controller, I'm a big fan of ours. You can always manage the chaos and hire a photographer. Or if you live in the area you can join us in the 'season of giving'! And who knows the images may just become your grandchildren's family heirlooms.