A picture may be worth a thousand words, but most of us hope that those words don't include things like "ugly," "greasy," "gross," and "fat" — just to name a few — when it comes to images of ourselves. That can keep plenty of people from being captured frozen in time by a camera. But one woman has a message for parents out there who may feel this hesitation during photos ops.
Kailyn Maree Schimpf took to Facebook to encourage men to take photos of their partners before and after kids enter their lives.
"It doesn't matter what she looks like, or if she tells you no, take the photo," she wrote. "You may not think about it often, or at all honestly. But how many photos does she capture of you, of your family and of your life you've built. But when she is gone, those photos won't show your children the women [sic] who was behind the camera."
"Take the photo. Messy hair, no make up or a dirty old t-shirt won't matter to your children when she is gone someday. What will matter is that you loved what you saw enough to take a photo, to document it, to preserve that moment in time of the woman you love. No woman wants to look back at a lifetime of selfies. Do what she does for you every day, and snap a few moments in time," she wrote. "Be proud. Take photos of her. Before kids and after."
Though the post was directed toward women, the same certainly holds true for dads as well. In fact, Schimpf was inspired to create the post because of her own father. After her father's death, she found herself wishing she had more photos of him. Her dad was often the person taking photos.
"Photos are all we have eventually," she told Huffington Post. "Memories are great, but I look back and I have nothing of my dad."
Your loved ones won't care whether you're wearing a ratty T-shirt, have frizzy hair, or visible sweat in a photo. What's important is that they'll have a meaningful image that reminds them of a special moment or a person they deeply care for.
So, go ahead and take the photo, even if it seems less-than-perfect.