I know it has been a long time since I have blogged anything and even longer since I have joined my blog circle friends, but it’s a new year and time to get back into things! This year, our group is moving more toward documentary photography, so we changed the name to “Life — As it Happens.” And for another twist, every other month, the theme will be Get in the Frame. What?! I don’t even have a tri-pod, and I’ve never taken the time to figure out the time-lapse settings on camera, and I don’t have a remote, so this is a REAL stretch for me.

My daughter and I have this special little routine we do as I get her out of the bath or shower, and many times I have thought to myself “I really wish I had a photo of this.” Unfortunately, I usually don’t do anything about it. But the other day as she was getting of the shower, it hit me that I needed to stop and document this moment before it’s too late, so I asked her to wait while I got out my camera and manual, rigged a make-shift tripod and figured out how to get myself in the frame.

While these photos are far from perfect (yes, I actually have duct tape on my feet, but that’s a whole ‘nother story) and may not look like much to anyone else, they mean so much to me because they tell a story. You see, shortly after we brought my daughter home, my mother gave her a cute, hooded towel that looked like a bug, and we called it her cuddle-bug towel. So as I picked her up out of the bath, I would wrap her up, hug her tight and shake her while saying “cuddle-bug, cuddle-bug, cuddle-bug!” We would both laugh. Then she’d put her little head on my shoulders and want me to hold her and hug her for awhile. She outgrew the towel quite a while ago … and she now usually takes showers instead of baths … and washes and rinses her hair all by herself … and is really quite capable of drying herself off. However, she still asks me to do it … and still wants me to say “cuddle-bug, cuddle-bug.” … And still puts her head on my shoulders and wants me to just hold her tight for a minute. It’s one of those special moments we’ve shared hundreds of times, but it will probably come to an end pretty soon. And now I have these little gems to help preserve those memories forever–before they fade in my mind. That means more to me than any “pretty” picture I could ever have.

Dallas TX documentary family photographer

For more “Get in the Frame” photos, check out my talented friend, Denean Melcher.