My grandmother had a Kodak Instamatic, the kind where you added light with a Magicube flash. No occasion was too insignificant to pull out that camera, whether we were celebrating a holiday or playing in the backyard.
When I grew up, I became the keeper of the family camera. I documented my children’s lives at home and with friends. And I even took them to a portrait studio once.
But only once. They didn’t look like my live wire kids with a fake background and static pose.
Instead, I worked on my photography skills. Over time, I went from photographing my kids to shooting images for my travel blogs, and eventually began selling my editorial images on multiple stock sites.
My all time favorite photo of my son and daughter is one where they’re stomping in the mud puddles on our front lawn. They’re soaking wet, messy, and they both have ear to ear grins.
I wouldn’t change a thing about that picture, except perhaps I wish there were a couple of photos of me with my kids.
That’s what I offer other moms, a chance to be a part of that special moment where we capture the joy and love of family.
Sandra Foyt is based in Albany, NY. She serves the Capital District region, and takes travel requests.