Please Say, “Cheese!”

I took this picture today:


If you are a photographer of sorts, then you know it takes about 30 pictures before you get one good one worth using and keeping for anything. So after about 60 pictures, I came up with this one…and a handful of others.

Pictures. Some people love posing. Others can’t stand it. I personally am awkward in front of a camera. But the older I get, the more I’ve come to see the priceless treasures that a camera can give.

We are not guaranteed tomorrow. We need to be intentional about making memories with our children and our family and friends. I may not be around next week, next month, next year…but I sure want my kids to remember me. I want my kids to remember those whom they consider important in their lives. I desire for my kids to pull out something tangible, when the clingingΒ to faith is intangible.

I took this picture on Sunday:


My husband was telling the kids goodbye before he left for a week long mission trip to Nicaragua. It’s a keeper.

So if you are around me and I have out the camera, please do not shy away, or grimace at me if I pose you for a picture. Instead, please feel loved. I think you are important enough to remember!!

14 comments on “Please Say, “Cheese!”

  1. I can only laugh — last summer I took a bunch of pictures. I think I took literally 300 shots (thank goodness for digital cameras!) and had about seven great ones. We always have them where four kids look great, but number five is picking his nose…or looking into outer space…or in one of them, sneezing!

  2. Love this post!! πŸ™‚ For me, as a sort-of-photographer-who-desires-a-perfect-shot, I usually get one really good picture out of 100 – or more. (But if only I had that really expense camera and a really cooperative model and an incredible editing software…! Imagine all the incredible pictures I could get! ;))

    I like the last picture on here; but I actually like the one on Facebook better, with Sweet Cheeks hugging him good-bye. Absolutely precious. πŸ™‚

  3. I used to be a photographer so I definitely know how it is to get a good shot! I’ve always preferred to be behind the lens instead of in front of it but I find that I am not in many pictures. I need to learn to be IN the pictures with my kids so they will have those memories of me, instead of always being the one telling them to Say Cheese! πŸ™‚

    PS Love that last pic, what a great moment to capture πŸ™‚

  4. I do try to take pictures on a regular bases but I know more than once my husband said you know future generations will think you were just a camera with no face so I’ve been better about letting myself actually be in the picture. Love the picture of Dad hugging the kids.

  5. true story — it takes a lot to get those priceless pics, when you’re posing. but sometimes, as is the case with that gorgeous photo above, it’s the candids that touch my heart. great job on that shot!

  6. Some of my FAVORITE wedding pictures (like the one of me talking with dad) were candids that the photographer took. I am all about being intentional with memory making moments, just not all that good about capturing them with a photo.

  7. My kids never want to cooperate either. I usually bribe them with chocolate . That one of your hubby is stinking adorable though!

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