There's only a few days of the year when I can ask my kids to pose in front of the camera, multiple times over, without a lot of guff. Mother's Day happens to be one of those special days (I also get coffee brought to me in bed - which in my book is as close to being treated as a queen as I can imagine!)
This year I decided to use this rare photo-taking opportunity to get in the frame with the kids. It took a little fiddling with my camera settings and tripod, but eventually I figured out how the self-timer works and plopped the camera in front of the couch. At that point I simply had to sit on the couch. I knew this tactic would work since I haven't been able to sit on a couch by myself since the summer of 2008. Sure enough, in a matter of minutes I had the kids right where I wanted them.
This wasn't just 'one lucky shot'. I had the self-timer set to go off twice every 10 seconds. This shot was one of literally dozens of pictures.
Technically speaking, this isn't a great photo.
It's under-exposed. Despite my attempts in post-production there's not much I could do for the shadow on my face. Ironically, all four kids are looking right at the camera.
But of the hundreds of photos I've taken these past few months, this one is my favourite.
It captures a real moment with my kids. I'm actually IN the picture. And smiling in the shadow of my kid is what it's like to be a mother.
Be good to your mom, you only get one!