Photography From A Mom’s Point of View

Growing up I don’t remember our family taking lots of pictures.

At least not to the extent that I’ve been snapping pictures of Lil’ A  – which reminds me I have to do something with these mountain of digital pictures.

Yes, maybe a few clicks on birthdays or Christmas but nothing that really stood out in my memory. My parents just wasn’t big on taking pictures.

So when I was given my Oma (Grandmother) collection of pictures went back as far as 1920s, I instantly knew where this love of photography came from. She took some amazing pictures in her young age.

Then in 1992, we lost our house in a fire. At the time we were living in a small mining town called Sangatta in East Borneo. We lost everything except for the clothes on our back, an old suitcase where my father kept all of our families important documents and my bible.

It was at the cracked of dawn…it happened way too fast for us to even thinking to safe anything. All of us went out of the house bare footed. My biggest regret is not even thinking to rescue our photo albums.

Old family pictures are important to me because they act as a bridge from one generations to another. I really wish I will have a chance to ask my Oma about some of her old pictures but I fear there isn’t enough time left and some of those pictures will forever be a mystery to me.  Since we had lost all of ours, what little that my family have today came from my grandparents or other families.

It’s rather sad to know that I won’t be able to show Lil’ A pictures of his mommy when she was in elementary school…picture of me with my beloved little yellow bike…or my first dancing recital pictures.

Becoming parents, mommy, had changed my way of embracing photography. Not only that it captured and freezes the milestones from the first time I hold my son to the first steps he took but it’s like a little time machine. Time machine that can still transport me back to those early days where I was too sleep deprived and tired to savor each minutes new baby brought. These old pictures can still put tears in my eyes and made me smile.

Granted, there are pictures that would be perfect for blackmailing him in his teenage years and I will keep them too. Going through little old pictures that I have of me when I was a baby it strike me too how much this boy looks like his Mommy. Here, see it for yourself:

In almost 4 years of his lifetime, Lil’ A has only been in a photo studio once and Mr. X told me that he doesn’t need to since his Mommy already has been snapping pictures since day one. With moving around I haven’t had too many pictures printed out tho’ which I should plan on doing soon.

If you’re into taking pictures of your children, how do you manage the pictures? How do you feel about them?




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  1. August 26, 2010 / 6:32 pm

    oh, you do look alike! 🙂
    All our family albums are in Finland in a container while we are abroad…
    I can remember how slim I was! 🙂 LOL!
    And my sons, how small they once were! Now both are tall, adults…ah, how time flies…sigh!
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    • Maureen
      August 27, 2010 / 11:39 am

      LOL ditto on the slim part!
      That’s so wonderful that you had all the pictures safely tucked at home in Finland. Moving away can be so hectic. I lost my son’s baby book during the move.

  2. August 26, 2010 / 8:11 pm

    that’s so sad! things like that are irreplaceable, but at the same time, you can’t fault yourself for not thinking about it. in times like that, you need to focus on survival.
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    • Maureen
      August 27, 2010 / 11:40 am

      True Liz, it made me rethink that I should store a backup somewhere either online or somewhere for these pictures just to know that if something happen, I would still have the pictures.

  3. August 26, 2010 / 8:28 pm

    Oh, it breaks my heart to think that you lost all of those photos. LIl A looks SO much like you…and that baby photo of him – what a little chub he was!

    I haven’t had my kids’ photos professionally taken in 5 years. I take so many photos, it doesn’t seem to matter. I do want some really nice photos someday, taken my a camera other than my point and shoot!
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    • Maureen
      August 27, 2010 / 11:42 am

      LOL at first I didn’t believe it when people tell me he looks like me, not until I compare that pictures side by side.

      I would love to have his pictures professionally taken too but maybe soon 😀

      Thanks, Gigi!

  4. August 26, 2010 / 10:15 pm

    Your son does look just like you… love the curls. That is so sad the other pictures were lost… the few you have are so precious, though!
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    • Maureen
      August 27, 2010 / 11:43 am

      Thank you, he does have my curls and the funny part is just like my hair, we cannot tolerate humidity. The higher the humidity level are the more our hair will curls – of course I tame mine with flat iron now LOL.

  5. August 26, 2010 / 10:17 pm

    I know what you mean about losing pictures from your childhood. Mine are lost somewhere in the ether when my parents went their separate ways and my estranged dad for some reason got a hold of them, and I’ve not seen them since. I do have about 4 or 5 with me and it amazes me how much more daughter resembles me too from when I was her age.

    And you’re right – your son looks JUST LIKE YOU. Wow. Glad you at least have these from your past.

    We had to resort to buying a terabyte of hard drive space just to store pictures. Our little girl is not yet two and we’ve already taken over 10K pictures of her. Mostly practice, but still…I am aware that we have major issues.
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    • Maureen
      August 27, 2010 / 11:46 am

      Awww Justine, so sorry to hear that. But we really do cherish and treasures what little old pictures we have from our childhood isn’t?

      Two months ago my old hard drive went kaput and it made me so panicked because that’s where I stored all pictures from his first year of life. Luckily I got it fixed and the pictures were saved but it made me rethink of ways to save these gazillion pictures I have.

      I’m with you on practice pictures…I have so many of them too LOL

  6. August 27, 2010 / 12:01 am

    Lil’A is absolutely adorable. I am so sad you lost your photographs, that is so tragic. 🙁 Other stuff can be replaced; it’s so hard when something sentimental is lost forever.

    I have the same philosophy you do regarding photographing my children. They’ve never been to a studio to have their picture taken. My mom wants to take them desperataly. I’m not opposed to it, I guess, but I am not going to spend my money on studio portraits when I could be printing out my own photographs for a heck of a lot less.

    I’m terrible at printing photos. It’s a goal of mine this year to make a photo album from a place like Blurb or Lulu. We’ve just recently started having photographs printed, framed and displayed. It’s kind of sad. I’m just so used to pulling up any photograph I want wherever I am via computer or phone.
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    • Maureen
      August 27, 2010 / 11:51 am

      Thanks Lynda!
      You took absolutely beautiful pictures of our children but you’re right those studio portraits can come expensive when you get them to print it LOL.

      I had heard of Blurb but too bad they don’t ship here but maybe I can order something and have it send to my inlaws. A photo book sounds like such a great idea – I didn’t think of it before. I’ve been wanting to have some of my favorites printed in B&W and display at home but haven’t actually get off my back to get it done. I know what you meant, it’s so much easier to go through these pictures. I’ll have to figure out a backup plans to store them tho.

  7. August 27, 2010 / 12:05 am

    Wow! the similarities are uncanny! And i take a kagillion pictures too. I have a baby book for Eddie, but I am so bad about keeping up on it. He is 14 months and I think I have the book caught up through 9 months. sigh….
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    • Maureen
      August 27, 2010 / 11:56 am

      LOL thanks, Katie!
      Problem is I lost his baby book somewhere between the States – China – Indonesia and I’m so bummed over it.
      Hope you can catch up on the book! 😀

  8. August 27, 2010 / 2:40 am

    My 9 year old daughter asked me what I looked like when I was her age. Sadly, I don’t have any pictures due to moving around too much. She was bummed. So now I tried to organize my kids’ pictures based on age in the computer. Tried, is the keyword *lol*

    • Maureen
      August 27, 2010 / 11:57 am

      LOL, Diny…I bet you have tons of pictures of your kiddos too. I too am a slacker when it comes to organize the pictures. Age based is pretty great idea I think. Lets see if I can give it a try.

  9. August 27, 2010 / 5:34 am

    I actually wrote a post about how I organize and store my digital photos:

    Basically, I save them on two different hard drives, on DVD disks, on Flickr, and print out the very best ones which I then place in photo albums. I really don’t want to lose any! 🙂 I also have hardly any photos of myself growing up, and because I was on my own since I was 16 and a neglectful mother before then, only maybe 2 or 3 of my entire adolescence which I find highly unfortunate.
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    • Maureen
      August 27, 2010 / 11:59 am

      Hi there,
      Thanks for sharing that link, will check it out.
      I do have some of the pictures up on Flickr and has been using our old computer hard drive that I had to totally reformat and now acting as a back up. Haven’t try DVD discs yet but that’s a brilliant idea. 😀

  10. August 27, 2010 / 7:56 am

    It saddens me to hear that you lost all those family photographs. I truly believe that they are something to be preserved and treasured for all time.

    I wish my previous generations felt the same way about photographs. I inherited my Grandmother’s photos and I only wish she were still alive today to share the stories behind the photographs with me. The stories I somewhat recall as a child that I wish I could share with my children.

    All I can do now is move forward and preserve the photos I have taken since my children were born and the stories that go with them. Last October I began creating storybooks to do just that. Preserve the memories and the stories. I cherish them and I hope that my children will too someday.

    Actually my youngest son already does. Whenever I take a lot of photographs, he asks me if I am going to make another book for him.

    I think I have completed 6-7 books since last October. And I have many more to go. I am just thankful I found a web based program that makes it so easy for me to make the books. Saves me a lot of time too because two children, two businesses and a household to run. Along with 3 blogs to maintain, time is not something I have a lot of.

    Celebrate Life and Capture It!
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    • Maureen
      August 27, 2010 / 12:05 pm

      Hi Patty,

      Thank you for your comment and sharing your ideas. I seriously must try the storybook things, that’s a lovely idea. I think I only made one before when we were still in the States and gave it to my mother in law.

      I feel the same way about my Grandmother’s old pictures. Too bad her condition is deteriorating now and she lives in a nursing home far from where I live. It sadden me to think that some of those pictures will remains mystery to me but I am so grateful that she gave them all to me.

      Do you mind sharing the name of that program you are using? Sounds like a really useful tool.

      Thanks again, Patty! Love your motto btw “Celebrate Life & Capture It” 😀

      • August 27, 2010 / 8:48 pm

        Desert Greetings Maureen
        At least you still have the memories in your head. I would start to write those down as well. You can always create a storybook of those memories and use scrap elements that remind you of the images in your head.

        As for the program I use, it is Heritage Makers Studios. And I will tell you that I loved what they do and their mission so much that last October I became a Personal Publishing Consultant with them so that I could help other people preserve their photos and stories.

        This is especially important to me because when my daughter was 10 weeks old, my husband past away suddenly so all my daughter has are my memories, which I am turning into a storybook for her.

        Here is my website:
        And you can email me if you have any questions or would like to know more about Heritage Makers. Email:

        Celebrate Life and Storybook It!

        P.S. If you are interested, I can offer you discounts off the retail price.
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  11. August 27, 2010 / 10:13 am

    So sad girl. They are not replaceable. You sound an awful lot like me and in a good way. Nothing wrong with taking lots of pics. I think that is why I take so many also. Mine weren’t lost, but my parents had 6 kids and never took many. I’m over compensating a bit maybe.

    As for storage. Yikes!! Don’t ask yet. It’s nuts.
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    • Maureen
      August 27, 2010 / 12:07 pm

      Lish, glad to hear I’m not alone in taking gazillion pictures LOL

      They really are irreplaceable and that’s why I need to find a better way to store some of these pictures because there’s no way I can print all of them out.

      Thanks, girl!

  12. August 27, 2010 / 5:30 pm

    Hiya Maureen!

    My heart broke when I read about the photo albums…tragic. When we left Senegal last time I took our albums….but hopefully you have some memories ingrained in your head and heart.
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