Project: Get In The Picture

This is the picture that inspired this whole project. 

Isiah had senior pictures with me.  And he was the only senior, not just that year, but EVER, that has ever begged their mother to get up and be in the picture with them.  Insisted on it, actually.  His Mom was feeling self conscious.  She hadn't done her hair, her make up, her outfit wasn't "picture ready".  But she was so touched by his request, she was crying.  Of course, watching her cry, I started crying, too!  I told Mary-Jo that I would make sure her eyes weren't puffy in the picture, smooth away any fly away hairs, but what she really needed to do was get up and take a picture with her son. 

A few weeks later, she sent me a meme on facebook that said, "One day, all your children will have are pictures of you. Make sure you're in them.  No matter what your hair looks like, your make-up, or your body. They won't care about any of that, they'll just want to see you."  She thanked me for making her take the picture (her son has already confiscated the prints she bought of them together).

And I got to thinking.  My mom passed away far too young at the age of 59 when I was 27 years old and 7 weeks after I had my youngest daughter.  My Dad passed a year after that.  Losing your parents, I don't care how old you are, is life altering.  Losing both before you're 30 defines you, even though I swore I wouldn't let it.  I have very few pictures of my parents.  Their outfits weren't perfect, they still needed to lose 10 lbs., the camera hates me, etc.  As a result, no matter how God awful the existing pictures are, they are my absolute treasures. 

What if something happens tomorrow? What will your children have for pictures of you?  What memories are you leaving? 

Project: Get In The Picture is very dear to me.  I don't want your hair perfect.  I don't want the perfect outfit.  I don't want glamour make-up.  I want us as our children see us.  I have a blue sweater of my mother's I refused to part with because it's what I can see her wearing in my mind.  She wore it most often.  My children will probably always think of my in my hoodies.  I want you to be true to yourself.  If that means a great outfit and all pulled together, then good for you!  If it's your holiest pair of jeans, a comfy pair of boots and a hoodie, that's great too!  I don't want you to wait until you lose those last five pounds you're hanging on to.  I want you to just DO IT!  Let's go for a walk in the woods.  Let's go to the lake.  Let's make your favorite recipe.  Let's go berry picking.  Take me sledding on your favorite secret hill.  Whatever it is you have fun doing with your kids, let's do it!  I will do some posed images of you and your kids, but I would love the whole experience to be more interactive.  Laugh, joke, have fun.  I will tag along and capture it all.

Project: Get In The Picture will include 2 accordion mini albums.  One for mom, one for child.  These fit great in a pocket, a purse or even display beautifully on a shelf, and I have many clients tell me they do just that with these!  An 8x10 canvas for Mom, and a 5x7 canvas mini for child.  The canvas mini doesn't necessarily have to hang on a wall, it will come with everything you need to create a nice canvas print for your nightstand, desk or coffee table.  Perfect for children moving to a dorm or for those navigating a small apartment.  And ten of your favorite images on a disc.  You can make as many prints as you'd like, or share to your favorite social media platform. The price for these sessions will be $200. 

Please don't lose these moments.  They are so precious.  We can never get back today and aren't guaranteed tomorrow.