For as long as I remember, I have always loved looking at photographs. I remember from a very young age getting my mum’s photo albums out and looking through them over and over again, asking questions about who was in them and where they were taken. It passed many an hour.
Now, many years later, and I’m a photographer. I have the absolute pleasure of being asked to capture special moments in family’s lives, be they birthdays, family portraits, special occasions or weddings.
With weddings, I don’t usually come across what I’m about to write about, but on other occasions I have come across it quite a few times: namely, parents not wanting their photographs taken.
As much as is possible, I encourage parents (and I can be very persuasive) to jump in for a few shots at the end of the session. I can tell you that not once has it been regretted.
They love having shots of the fun moments of the shoot captured, and always choose them as part of their packages. It’s so very important to be able to look back at photographs and smile at the memories they evoke.
And what about the children? They might not remember the shoot but they will have a photograph to cherish when the rest of us are long gone.
I know I’m so very lucky – nay blessed – to still have both my parents with me. Does this stop me looking at photos of them? No way!
A few years ago, I bought a scanner and went to my parents’ house and scanned all of their photographs. I am so glad I did, because now I can look at them whenever I want. Absolute pleasure to do.
I have included a couple of my favourite oldies of my parents here, with me, formerly known as The Chubbster, yellowed sellotape and all. I cannot get enough of them. They are so very precious.
So the next time you are about to utter an excuse – ‘I have no make up on’, or ‘Nah, I’m alright over here’, or ‘No thanks, I’m shy’ – just remember that your children won’t care, or even notice in the years to come, if you didn’t have your hair professionally done or if you were still wearing your work clothes. All they will see is their wonderful loving parents.
This blog was written, with images provided, by Engager Cathy Devlin Dempster.