Welcome to the latest instalment of my new guest post series – the photo I’m thankful for.
This series is all about the photos that we are really happy that we have, either of ourselves or of the people who mean the world to us. It’s an extension of my instagram community #ShowYouWereThere which is there to encourage parents to be in more photos both with and for their children.
This week I’m thrilled to have Katy from Hot Pink Wellingtons as my guest, sharing one of the photos she’s thankful for.
Over to you Katy:
“Despite my love of photography, I’ve never been comfortable in front of the camera myself. Too often I’ll go through and delete photos because I hate them. In fact, I can remember one instance as a teen where I hated a photo that my Mum had put in an album so much that I went into it, removed it, and then moved every other photo in that album up a slot so that no-one would realize.
As I’ve become older, I’ve begun to realize the importance of being in the photo, of showing my children that I was there. I love to look back at old photos of my parents, seeing what they were like when they were my age, and sometimes marveling at how they could ever have been that young! And I want my children to have that pleasure too.
And I did get better at it. I let myself hand over the camera, I wouldn’t back out of photos. Big events like my wedding showed me that a natural photo captures ‘me’ much better, and I started to like how I looked in lots of photos (not all, but definitely some!).
But then pregnancy arrived. I’m not good at being pregnant. For me, it’s 9 months of tiredness, severe sickness, and watching my body change in ways that are unfamiliar and unflattering. I shied away from the camera again and refused to have photos taken of me. Which has resulted in the fact that I have just two photos of me from my first pregnancy – a fact that makes me sad now that I look back.
Although it wasn’t a magical time for me, it’s a time I wish I’d documented better, a time when I wish I had those memories to look back on and say to my son, “That’s me when I was pregnant with you”.
So this time around I’ve made a conscious effort to thrust the camera into my husband’s hands and demand that he takes some photos. Sure, there are lots that I’ve deleted straight away that are just awful, but there are a couple that I absolutely love.
This photo was taken on Mother’s Day when I had just hit 30 weeks pregnant. It was a beautiful day – nothing special, just a walk around Bushy Park as a family, watching my toddler jump off tree stumps and chase ducks. But the kind of day that really brings you together as a family. It’s not a perfect photo by any means – the sun is strong and there’s lots of shadow on my face, but I love the big smile I’m wearing. I’m so pleased that I’ll always have this photo to look back on and remember this pregnancy – and to show my son when he’s older.”
Thank you so much Katy for sharing your gorgeous photo with me.
It makes me so happy when people step out of their comfort zones and get in front of the camera more, and this photo in particular makes me smile so much as Katy just looks so beautifully happy!
You can find Katy over on her blog – Hot Pink Wellingtons
And you can follow her on these social media pages:
Instagram – @hotpinkwellingtons
Twitter – @hotpinkwellies
Facebook – @hotpinkwellingtons
Do you have a photo and a story you would like to share?
If you’d like to take part in my ‘the photo I’m thankful for’ guest series, or would just like a bit more information about it, please do send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.