We have all heard the saying that "the days are long, but the years are short." I never knew how true that was until now. I blinked and my 3 kids are not so little anymore; ages 19, 17, and 15. I often look back on those years and wish there was more time; that there were more memories captured.
But, parents I get it. We are tired and we are busy. There are not enough hours in the day. We work hard, we run our kids to practices, we spend our weekends cheering the on from the sidelines. At the end of the day, to plan outfits, pick up a camera and fight with kids to smile is the last thing anyone wants to do. I am guilty of it myself. Now that my kids are older, I am telling you that you will regret it if you don't.
And when we do think to take some pictures it is usually mom with her cellphone. These moments will not last, get in the picture with them and share in the memory. Hire a photographer if you need to but capture this time.
Soon your kids will be seniors in high school.
There are no words to describe your feelings as a parent when your child reaches that point in their life. Of course we are proud and excited for them, but also fearful to let them go and spread their wings. We question ourselves. Did we raise them right? Did we raise them to work hard? To be confident and secure in who they are? Will they be able to accept failure? Will they have courage rise up to challenges? Nothing prepares you for all the feels, or how your heart aches to leave that once little child on a college campus and drive away, no matter how close or far they are. Moms, it is one of the hardest things you will do. Don't get me wrong, dads feel these emotions too, but moms, it is like we lose a piece of ourselves. We carried them for 9 months, gave birth to them, raised and protected them for 18years. We are their biggest fan.
The senior year is the most exciting time for our children. Everything they have worked for has led to this moment. It is their turn to be in the spotlight. To walk across that stage as their name is called to receive that hard earned diploma. Before they step into the next chapter of this thing called "life," and start their journey into adulthood capture this time. Parents you do not want to pass this up because these moments will not last. As a photographer, it is my job to capture the excitement and joy, and who this amazing human has become because of how you raised them. Hiring a photographer allows you to share their excitement, and become part of the moment with them.
Get the senior pictures, you need to. Freeze this moment in time to look back on and treasure. You will not regret it.
The days are long, the years are short. This time in our children's lives is fleeting. Capture it while you have the chance. It is so important!