I’m pretty sure we all have them.
The photos we wish we’d taken.
The moments we wish we’d recorded.
The people we wish we’d captured while we had the chance.
Over the last year or so I’ve found myself becoming very aware of how few photos I have of my parents. My visits to see them are normally so rushed, so full-on, so busy with children underfoot, that I often don’t end up taking any photos at all.
I like to just ‘be’ in the moment, enjoy everyone’s company, take in the little details of home.
But then, after I leave, I kick myself for not taking 2 minutes to take a few photos. To capture forever the way my parents look at each other. How in love they still are.
So, as I was packing up my bag ready to head back to Wales at the end of my last visit home, I grabbed my parents and my camera and we headed out to the back garden for a quick photo session. And I’m so, so happy that I took that opportunity.
I will never regret taking these photos. But I know had I not, I would always wish I had.
These photos mean so much to me already, and in years to come they will mean so much more. So, thank you to my parents for humouring me, stepping out of your comfort zone a little and getting in front of my camera.
It means the world to me that you exist in these photos.
Last year for the month of March I challenged myself to get in front of the camera and in a photo every day for the whole month.
I want to be sure that I exist in photos for my children too. I want to show them that I was there.
So this March I’m doing it again. Every day I will step in front of the camera, and I would love as many people as possible to do it too.
I’ll be posting my photos using #showyouwerethere on Instagram and on my Facebook pages for this blog and for my photography business. If you fancy joining in please tag your photos with that hashtag so I can find them.
Don’t end up wishing you’d taken those photos. Just do it!