Thoughts on Being There

Thoughts on Being There

I am so inspired by the post from Kristin at Shutter Sisters today. About how important it is that we, as camera wielding women, include ourselves in the pictures of our lives. If we hold the camera, then we carry with that the responsibility to turn it around and reveal ourselves. Who we are as women. Who we are as creative beings. Who we are as mothers or daughters or sisters or wives.

In my soon-coming book, Elevate the Everyday: a Photographic Guide to Picturing Motherhood, I included a running thread throughout the chapters called Your Story. Kristin’s post today reminded me of  these lines in my book;

Forget the tired eyes, extra pounds, and bad hair days. All that matters is that you are using your camera to bear witness to your being there…

Have you turned your camera toward you lately? Do you have proof of being there? I encourage you to to give yourself (and your family) the gift of seeing you.


  • claddyjack
    Posted at 17:59h, 18 April Reply


  • Lelainia Lloyd
    Posted at 18:42h, 18 April Reply

    Yeah I enjoyed that post too. Sometimes I think about when I die, (not that that's going to be any time soon, hopefully!) my family will have a whole pile of wonderful self-portraits to share at my memorial. I know that's kind of a weird thought, but I kind of like the idea that those photos which would be there to represent my life would have been taken by ME and really reflect who I was. That's no necessarily something anyone else could capture in the same way. It's me saying "this is who I am and this is how I saw myself". I hope that in some way, that's a gift to the people I'll someday leave behind.

  • Danielle
    Posted at 19:15h, 18 April Reply

    This is soo beautiful. I have tried extra hard with my family to be present in pictures. After my mom passed away I realized that we had barely any pictures of her and it makes me so sad to this day She always hid from the camera. I would love to have more to show my kids who their grandma was and all the fun things we did. Definitely something that I find soo important. Thank you for this post 🙂

  • elizabeth
    Posted at 19:18h, 18 April Reply

    I am a huge believer in this reminder. I wrote about it a few years ago over at Write.Click.Scrapbook. after a friend passed away unexpectedly:

  • kristin
    Posted at 01:15h, 19 April Reply

    yes. thank you. i love this proof of you. your shorter do and shades are so you! beautiful you.

  • sperlygirl
    Posted at 19:14h, 19 April Reply

    what a great reminder….you are beautiful, tracey!

  • Kyra
    Posted at 21:10h, 19 April Reply

    Such good advice! I do try to do this but I admit to at times feeling a bit hurt that my husband doesn't think to grab my camera and snap some photos of my daughter and I. And then I'm always reminded that he's not obsessed with documenting everything in the same (or even remotely the same) way that I am. So I have to take it into my own hands. Thanks for this reminder though. I need to do it more often!

  • Mocha
    Posted at 23:07h, 21 April Reply

    I came looking for 'calm' and I found it. I'm turning the camera around today, Tracey.

  • rawqueen
    Posted at 00:04h, 22 April Reply

    I have not practiced this regularly. I am now feeling the brunt of it. SO many pix of everyone but me. Oops. Thanks for the reminder. I am making a vow, today. Blessings. Love your blog

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