In the fall of 2012 I stumbled across an article about Aleida Franklin, written by Emilie Ahren. The article soon brought me to Aleida Franklin’s blog and I will never be the same. Ever since I read the article and Aleida Franklin’s blog, I make a point to get in front of my camera at least a couple of times each month with my kids. I want to be a part of my children’s memories. I don’t want my kids to look at photographs from their childhood and not see their mother in any of the photos. I don’t always want to be the one behind the camera. I am so… glad that I came across the following article before it was too late and my kids were grown. Using the self timer and/ or remote is now regular life around here. I also set up the camera and then let my oldest daughter (5 yrs) take a photo. After I take photos of the kids they often tell me to put the timer on so that the camera can take a photo of us together; I love that! I challenge you to take up Aledia’s challenge and start getting in more photos with your family and children!
Aleida asked the question, “Have you ever seen a photograph of your own mother and thought to yourself how fat she looked? Or how she wasn’t wearing make-up? Or wasn’t dressed in a glamorous outfit?” Of course we would all answer no.
She made it a goal to take a picture of herself with her children at least once every month. And that to use excuses about how we look, as women, is ridiculous, since our children will never care what we looked like, but only that we had physical evidence of the bond between mother and child. Aleida tragically and unexpectedly passed away in an auto accident in September of 2008, leaving 2 small children and a grieving husband.
I invite Mothers everywhere to take Aleida’s Challenge. To photograph yourself with your children each and every month. What started as a once a month challenge for me turned into a way of life. I now use my tripod at least once a week and intentionally put myself in my family photos. I am a part of my family’s story, I don’t want to just be the person behind the camera. These photos are beyond valuable to me, they are a representation of motherhood and the bonds between me and my children. I am passionate about getting “in the frame!”