I am doing a project for school that involves baby pictures, so I have been thinking a lot about them, the ones I’ve taken informally, the professional and semi-professional ones I have had taken, the ones I’ve seen on other blogs, on Pinterest, on Facebook.
First, let me say I love baby pictures. They make me unbelievably happy. But they are also a source of anxiety for me. What clothes should the kids wear? Will they look cute in the pictures? Will they behave for the photographer? How many prints should I order? What do I do with all of these pictures? You get the picture.
And now, we have Pinterest with so much family photography inspiration. We have props and over-sized hats and flowers. There are iPhones and Instagram and Facebook newsfeeds. Baby pictures and kid pictures seem so complicated and yet so simple. What does all this mean for us as mothers, keepers of childhood, preservers of those precious smiles and wispy hair and gumdrop eyes?
But maybe this simultaneous stress and pleasure is mine alone. I am curious how other mothers feel.
Dear mommy readers,
What do baby pictures mean to you? Do you have a favorite? What is the picture-taking/memory-capturing process like for you? Do you have a schedule? Do you have albums full? Do you wish you had more?
I would love to get your feedback and insights. I would be really appreciative if you could leave me a comment with your thoughts about baby pictures.
I also would like to put together a collection of baby pictures to try to capture certain trends and themes. If you are interested in emailing me some of your pictures, that would be great, too.