Camera Shy? Get Over It

Whether you are a mom or not you can relate to this article by Allison Tate on the Huffington Post Blog, The Mom Stays in the Picture. I love photography and always have my camera out at events. It seems that most people cringe when I go to take their picture–even for a candid shot. I’m the same way. My husband takes pictures of me with the kids and I review them and delete ones where I look too fat or am at a bad angle. On the flip side I lost my aunt, uncle, and grandmother when they were way too young. The pictures I do have, I cherish, and not once do I ever look at them and think my aunt or grandmother was too fat or the picture was taken from a bad angle.

The only picture I have of me with my aunt. Extra special because she is also holding my son.

Do your family a favor and let them take your picture! As Tate says so beautifully:

I’m everywhere in their young lives, and yet I have very few pictures of me with them. Someday I won’t be here — and I don’t know if that someday is tomorrow or thirty or forty or fifty years from now — but I want them to have pictures of me. I want them to see the way I looked at them, see how much I loved them. I am not perfect to look at and I am not perfect to love, but I am perfectly their mother.

About Lori Reed

Lori Reed, coauthor of Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Non-Profit Trainers, is a learning and communication strategist with more than twenty years experience in learning and development. A 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and a 2010 "One to Watch" for paralibrarians, Lori graduated cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Lori is a certified Synchronous Learning Expert and a North Carolina Master Trainer and has traveled across North America speaking about libraries and training.


  1. Inspired by the Huffington Post piece this week. Do your family a favor and get in the picture!

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