I don’t know if it’s because she’s my sister, and because I know her and the girls so well, but man they were all SO SILLY during their photo session. I could barely get them set up and get one good shot when they were laughing and giggling and being so silly….so we got lost of outtakes!! {which I LOVE!}.

It’s been several years since they have had their pictures taken and I didn’t really give her a choice, I just told her that I was coming and that I wanted to be able to take their pictures. I’m so glad they all cooperated with me! 🙂 I’m not sure what I would have done if she hadn’t agreed!

I know most of the time, taking pictures is not the most fun, or the most comfortable for ANYONE. I know my sister didn’t really want her pictures taken, and that she feels less than perfect. {Don’t we ALL?}. But one thing I’ve learned in the last few years, is to cherish my photos, every single one. I have way less pictures of me with my mom than I would like. I can only find 3 or 4 good ones, of just the two of us, from the time I moved to Chicago 16 years ago until she got sick. I wish I had made her take a picture with me EVERY time we were together. {She didn’t like pictures either, so I hated making her do something I knew wasn’t her favorite thing to do. Oh, if I had only known}.

And do you know what?

I don’t look at a single one of those pictures and think, oh man, what was she thinking? Why did she wear that? Why does she have her hair like that? Man, she looks like she’s put on a few pounds.

NEVER ONCE have I worried about any of those things, because she’s my mom, and she’s not here physically anymore, and the photos I have of her are a tangible reminder that she lived, that she loved me, that she changed and grew and to me, they are priceless!

So the next time you think it’s time to have pictures taken, do NOT hesitate, don’t wait until this or that, don’t put it off….you just never how short life is, you never know when you or one of your loved ones will be gone, and your photos just might end up being one of you’re most treasured possessions.

PS: My sister and her girls are ADORABLE!!! I love so many of their pictures.

I also got to take some pictures of my niece and her friend in their skates. LOVE this white wall!!

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