When you’re a photographer, sometimes the last thing you want to do is pull out the camera and take photos for YOU. It’s sad, but very true. You spend the entire weekend shooting sessions, then all week sitting at the computer editing. The thought of pulling out the gear, wrangling up the kids and wrestling with them trying to get them to cooperate does not sound overly exciting. And then because you overshoot like me (for every great shot there are 30 shots of crying, whining, blinking, nose picking, pushing, wrestling, bribing, running away, etc.), you dread filling up your already-full hard drive and slowing down your already-slow computer. Sound familiar?

Here’s the thing though – your kids are not going to be kids forever. They grow up way too fast. We spend all this time preaching to our clients how important it is to get your family portraits done each year to document these precious moments in their lives. Why are we not doing the same? One of my favorite things to do is to look through my family albums from childhood and reminisce, especially now that my mother has passed away. We want our children to have photos to look at and cherish one day, too, right?

So here is my challenge to you – set a goal for yourself. Set aside one day a week or one day a month, it doesn’t matter – the point is, just set aside some time regularly to take photos for YOU, for your KIDS, for your FAMILY! Mark it on the calendar! Whether it be a planned session in a specific location or just lifestyle shots at home, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Even one shot a day can easily be accomplished. Think of all the images you could have printed into a beautiful album each year.

Earlier this week, I took out the camera and documented my kids for the entire day, from the moment they crawled into my bed and woke me up with their morning snuggles, to the moment Daddy read them their bedtime story. One day when they are grown, they will look back at these images and be so thankful that I took the time to do this for them.

No more excuses! Set a goal. Start shooting for YOU so your kids will have those same memories that we spend so much time creating for everyone else.

Here was the goal I set for myself – to document a day in our lives.  All the images were processed with the Clickin Moms Film Art Presets – always a favorite of mine, especially for lifestyle images.

Here’s a day in the life of the Seeton family: