A few years back, I went to visit my family, and was hoping to take some portraits of my grandmother. But life happened. She wasn't in the best of heath, and wasn't on board with having photos done of her, so I didn't push her to make it happen. As I sit here and write this, oh, how I wish had instead taken photos of her doing what she loved best: my grandmother was an incredible cook, and could make a meal out of just about anything. I wish I had photos of her in the kitchen. She also loved crafting, and if there was a new or trending craft, you'd better believe she was doing it (like making shopping bags out of recyclable grocery bags)...I'd love to have photos of her creating things. She was also a gifted gardener. I wish I had photos of her digging deep into the ground, and planting things.
Photos are a beautiful way to capture someone. Of course, you can't force photos, but I urge you to look for candid moments between your family members. Take the time to create the real images you will treasure for years, even if they aren't posed or styled photos. What are their strengths? What do they love to do? Capture those things and you will always have the photos to look back on.
You don't have to have the camera with you 24/7, or do all the things you wish you had done. I think we all have a list of things we "wish" we had time for. But what matters is that we are intentional about doing them. Take the photo. Write the letter. Bake the cookies with your children, or call that friend you've been thinking of. Waiting for the perfect time often means (for most of us) that we never get around to it!
We just aren't guaranteed another chance to get to document the special moments or the people in our lives, so let's all be intentional this holiday season in getting the photos. Not the perfect ones, just the ones we will look back on for years to come.