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  • Here’s Why Parents Need To Get In The Photos This Christmas

    "I took a lot of photos of my baby, but didn’t really feel the need to include my pimple-infested face."
    by Iza Cuyos .
Here’s Why Parents Need To Get In The Photos This Christmas
  • Scan through your phone pictures, mommies and daddies. How many include your face with your baby? I bet not as much as the streams of your child's face in every imaginable angle.

    That's perfectly understandable because we just can’t help but adore them! We also have all kinds of excuses: I look fat, I don't have makeup, I am not dressed, I don't have kilay. That’s why we always end up with, "Kayo nalang," and “Ako nalang ang kukuha ng picture.”

    Try, however, to pause and think about it: These photos are fleeting moments. It cannot be repeated. If you fail to include your face now, how would that make you or your child feel in the future?

    I know for a fact that it will only lead to regret. 

    Fleeting moments

    I lost my mom this year due to Covid-19, and while I was searching for photos of us together, I realize that I don’t have a lot. Unfortunately, my mom also didn’t take a lot of photos with me back when I was just a kid—save for some mandatory graduation pictures. Obviously, those are not enough.

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    Now that I have a baby, I realize that I also inherited my mom’s prejudice against being in the frame. I took a lot of photos of my baby, or my mom with my baby, but didn’t really feel the need to include my pimple-infested face. That was a mistake.

    I shouldn’t have cared so much about how I looked, and just took as many shots as possible. What I would pay to have all those raw, real, and untaken photographs now!

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    I don’t mean to scare anyone, but life is truly fleeting and unpredictable. Whether you live to be a hundred years old or more, you and your child will always prefer to have these moments captured and immortalized, than not at all. 

    #ProofOfMom #ProofOfDad

    This is why we at Smart Parenting encourage moms and dads to make it happen: get in the photos! 

    If you’re still concerned about how you look, why not arrange a Christmas family photoshoot instead? You can DIY, or hire a professional just like what Ryza Cenon did! 

    Last year, Ryza Cenon and her partner Miguel Antonio Cruz celebrated their first Christmas with their son, baby Night. To make sure it becomes a milestone-to-remember, they arranged a really nice Chritmas-themed photoshoot with the help of Nice Print Photo. Check out Ryza’s mommy and me photos below:

    PHOTO BY INSTAGRAM/ RYZA CENON/ NICE PRINT PHOTO
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    PHOTO BY INSTAGRAM/ RYZA CENON/ NICE PRINT PHOTO

    Ryza and Miguel’s son has grown so much since these photos were taken! Had they not done this, they wouldn't be able to turn back time to recapture the magic and cuteness in all these shots!

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    Look at how baby Night has grown after a year!

    So, what will be the theme of your Christmas family portrait this year? Share away in the comments section!

    If you’re up for it, you can also email your adorable family Christmas photos to smartparenting@summitmedia.com.ph. We will publish the most remarkable pictures to inspire parents to be more intentional at getting in the frame this time around!

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    (The author is mom to a two-year old boy, and is working as the Audience and Business Head of Smart Parenting. She promises to book a family Christmas photoshoot as tribute to her mom who loved selfies, and who would have celebrated her 75th birthday at the time of writing.)

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