Wordless Wednesday — 2 am…

by Janice

Janice and Olivia, Christmas Eve - by Jenn Best

Janice and Olivia, Christmas Eve - by Jenn Best

I am usually behind the camera.

And so, like many of you I bet, I am not in many photos! I wish that my kids would have more photos of me with them, loving every second of their beautiful lives. But, instead I worry they will wonder where I was! Thousands of photos without a mom in sight — because I am behind the lens.

So, when someone who knows their way around a camera is nearby, (and I have some makeup on!) I ask them to shoot a few photos of me with my kids — to show them that I was indeed right there all along.

At 2am, during the last moments of my in-laws Christmas Eve party, my friend and fabulous BC wedding photographer, Jenn Best, shot this photo of me with Olivia . The lighting and the couch in the room were terrible, but Jenn was a trooper and shot anyway. THANKS so much Jenn — it is one of my favorite photos of this Christmas!

Mom Bloggers (and Dad Bloggers too!) post a photo on your site, link up and find others… Wordless Wednesday is tons of fun. (And I know it says “wordless” but I just can’t bear to not write anything! If I had created it, I probably would have named it something different! LOL)

Here is a fun thumbnail linky…

But if you prefer the old style, you can use this linky:

Thanks to Uisce for creating Wordless Wednesday.

Written by Janice, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom

Did you know that Susan and I own two online toy stores where you can find adorable toys like a pedal car or a cute rocking horse.

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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation January 5, 2011 at 12:02 am

I love this!! I literally have no pics with my kids! I am ALWAYS behind the lens! This weekend…I need to get in some pictures!!


2 Marilyn January 5, 2011 at 12:03 am

It’s a great photo. How great to have a professional photog as a good friend.


3 Stacey January 5, 2011 at 12:04 am

So, so sweet! I also love this small reminder to moms to GET IN THE PICTURE! :) You’re right – it will be so important to our kids later on.


4 Janice January 5, 2011 at 2:35 am

You are so right Stacey — I need to not worry about having makeup on too. I need to just make sure I don’t miss the moments!


5 Janelle January 5, 2011 at 12:06 am

I need to hand over my camera more often, too. Love your picture today!


6 Genny January 5, 2011 at 12:07 am

That is one of those special shots that remind you of the moments you want to hold onto forever… this is just beautiful.
Hugs to you,


7 Janice January 5, 2011 at 2:35 am

Thank you Genny!!!


8 Mrs. Cox January 5, 2011 at 12:15 am

The amount of pictures with me in them are so few too! I am happy to sneak an awkward arm extended self snapper shot once in a while. LOL That really is a great picture of you – especially at 2am! LOL


9 Janice January 5, 2011 at 2:36 am

Whenever I do the self snapper shot I look horrific! LOL


10 Natalie January 5, 2011 at 12:16 am

Man, I wish I could sleep that soundly in the middle of chaos :)


11 Emilie January 5, 2011 at 12:16 am

I have the SAME problem. I’m always taking the photos and rarely in them. Beautiful shot!


12 Carrie with Children January 5, 2011 at 12:16 am

Beautiful picture! I need to get better at having pictures taken of me with my girls. I’m also always the one behind the camera. :)


13 Tarasview January 5, 2011 at 12:21 am

I love this picture of you two :)


14 Mimi January 5, 2011 at 12:21 am

I think most of us are behind the camera. I truly dislike my photo being taken, but I try to be a good sport occasionally. That photo turned out great and how nice to have a great photographer around! Happy New Year!


15 Janice January 5, 2011 at 2:37 am

Yes – we moms are always behind the scenes, eh? I wish Jenn were around more often – I rarely see her with the busyness of life!


16 Dominique January 5, 2011 at 12:26 am

Great shot,
I too should take more pictures with my kids.


17 Tammi January 5, 2011 at 12:38 am

I know exactly what you mean Janice! One day I’m sure my kids will come across the two photos I have with me and them – and they’ll ask…”WHO is this?”
It’s a great shot – cherish it!!
You both look so at peace…

Happy new Year to you!



18 Janice January 5, 2011 at 2:38 am

LOL – gosh if they don’t even recognize us that will be REALLY bad!



19 Mrs. Marine January 5, 2011 at 12:42 am

Aww, what a sweet photo! I have the same problem, I’m rarely in pictures with my kids…


20 Anne January 5, 2011 at 12:47 am

Your friend captured such an intimate, gentle Mom Moment of you two. Beautiful.


21 Sara January 5, 2011 at 12:48 am

Oh, this pictures is amazing!


22 Jacqueline January 5, 2011 at 12:49 am

I think that speaks for most of us! I know I’m usually behind the camera too and have to remind others to give me a break and take one of me too. Such a sweet and tender pic of you and your little girl! :)


23 JamericanSpice January 5, 2011 at 12:51 am

This is a beautiful photo. It captures so much!

I miss being in photos with my children too. I should start using the timer more


24 MomAgain January 5, 2011 at 1:00 am

Great photo! I also try to ask sometimes for somebody to take a picture of me with the children ;-)


25 Cindy H. January 5, 2011 at 1:08 am

I too am usually behind the camera, but how wonderful for you to have such a precious photo, it is beautiful!
Thank you for sharing! and for the linky!


26 Janice January 5, 2011 at 2:39 am

Thanks for joining in! :)


27 Mommying On The Fly January 5, 2011 at 1:09 am

This is a Sweet Shot… and I have to say we have over 10000 pictures since the twins have been born, and I MAY be in MAYBE 25 of them.. bwahahahahaha.. I told hubby I’m going to have the lens permanently attached to my right eye, just call me the Mommynator.. lol..


28 Janice January 5, 2011 at 2:39 am



29 Dianne - Bunny Trails January 5, 2011 at 1:10 am

Aw, what a sweet shot. So precious.


30 Fiona January 5, 2011 at 1:10 am

I love this! I am right there with you not being in photos, although my hubby always catches me on his iphone when I’m looking my worst and then tags me in FB lol


31 Vanessa ( January 5, 2011 at 2:20 am

What a gorgeous pic. You look amazing at 2AM!


32 Hanan January 5, 2011 at 2:32 am

My first thought was damn girl you look good for 2am!! I love that she is sleeping on you =)


33 A Maui Blog January 5, 2011 at 2:36 am

I am also the same way – less photos with my kids because I am the one taking the photos.

This is a great photo of you and Olivia – despite the poor lighting, the photo came out very nice! Beautiful peeps in the pics :)


34 Stephanie January 5, 2011 at 3:04 am

Aw, it is a great pic!


35 Heather January 5, 2011 at 3:38 am

That is such a precious picture of the two of you – one to be treasured for sure. They grow up way too fast. I can remember when my daughter was that little…

I too am in far too few pictures with my daughter and hubby. I didn’t realize how few until I started looking back over my pictures from this past year.


36 Jessie January 5, 2011 at 6:29 am

So sweet! I made it o 10:30 lol :) Happy New Year!


37 Susie's Homemade January 5, 2011 at 6:51 am

That is a great shot!!


38 Run DMT January 5, 2011 at 6:57 am

What a lovely photo! Absolutely precious!


39 Sue January 5, 2011 at 6:57 am

Beautiful picture. Thanks for sharing :)


40 Spectrummy Mummy January 5, 2011 at 7:12 am

Just like you, I’m always on the wrong side of the camera- I’m sure they’ll think of me as an absentee parent when they go through the photos later!


41 Beth January 5, 2011 at 7:31 am

I think so many of us are guilty of limited photos with the kids. It’s too easy to get caught up behind the camera taking the photos. This is a wonderful moment that your photographer friend captured.


42 prasti January 5, 2011 at 7:49 am

yes! i always find that i’m the one behind the camera too. it is a definite treat to have someone else take some good photos with mom *in* the pictures :). you look great, and i love this shot.


43 The Gang's Momma January 5, 2011 at 7:53 am

How precious . . . it turned out beautifully! Happy New Year to you all!



44 Lolli January 5, 2011 at 8:08 am

I figured when you said 2am that you were up with a sick kid…..but you looked too happy for that!


45 Nikki January 5, 2011 at 8:22 am

What a great photo of you and your son. I try to sneak in photos with my son all the time. I use the auto timer, web-cams and asking complete strangers to take our photos :)


46 only prettier January 5, 2011 at 8:33 am

Such a lovely picture!


47 katia January 5, 2011 at 9:06 am

Very special and sweet. IKWYM, by being behind the lens.


48 Felissa (Two Little Cavaliers) January 5, 2011 at 9:11 am

Beautiful picture of you with your baby. Your friend was very sweet to “work” in the conditions that were not ideal for her so you would have some memories to share with your babies.


49 Alicia January 5, 2011 at 9:46 am

So sweet! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!


50 Andrea January 5, 2011 at 10:10 am

Poor lighting or not, that photo is adorable!


51 Candace January 5, 2011 at 10:11 am

That’s so true! Growing up, it was my dad who was always behind the lens and now it is me..

This is such a sweet shot–I’m glad you have it as a beautiful memory!


52 Jennifer January 5, 2011 at 10:30 am

So many of us wind up behind the camera, this is great photo, glad up made it in:)


53 B January 5, 2011 at 10:39 am

I love that picture.

I hate when I return from a vacation, get my photos printed and realize I’m not in one picture. I (we all!) need to make a conscious effort to hand off the camera once in a while!


54 Jen E January 5, 2011 at 11:06 am

Such a precious moment captured!


55 Aleksandra January 5, 2011 at 11:23 am

Awesome picture. I can see why it would be a favorite. Happy New Year!


56 Mary Williams January 5, 2011 at 11:38 am

I love that photo of you! I did the same thing on a walk with my son I had my sister in law stop and take some photo’s of us together.


57 Naomi January 5, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I love this picture!


58 Winelady Cooks January 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Love everyone’s photos. Great way to being 2011.


59 Annie January 5, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I love this photo Janice! I am always behind the camera too, and love it when someone (other than my terrible-photographer mom or dad) captures pictures like that one of you. My mom hated pics of her when I was a kid so all my photos are of just me in my childhood…..I really didn’t like it later on. I thought she was beautiful and wanted pictures of me with her. Too bad she didn’t agree…..

I am going to make an effort to have more pictures with me in it!


60 SoCoMom4James January 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Good reminder and a great picture!


61 kewkew January 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I know what you mean about always being behind the camera. I have very few pictures of me with the girls. And most of the pictures I do have of me with the girls are now being taken by one of the girls.
Thought I would post a Wordless Wednesday post for the first time ever. Guess mine isn’t the only one of a sleeping baby. They are so sweet when they are sleeping.
Love your picture.


62 Maria from The B.M.C. Report January 5, 2011 at 3:57 pm

LOVE this photo!


63 ModernMom January 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Oh such a sweet capture! I too have months go by, major events included, tons of photos taken and no Mom in sight!!
Thanks for the linky:)


64 Petula January 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm

That’s definitely an adorable picture. I also have few of myself and few with the kids. The ones with them aren’t very attractive ’cause one of my children took them, I used a timer or held my arm out. LOL. Happy WW.


65 Kristie January 6, 2011 at 1:53 pm

That is an adorable picture! I agree, I am rarely actually in photos anymore so the ones that are taken are precious.


66 Lorie Shewbridge January 7, 2011 at 12:59 am

That is such a beautiful photo of a mother’s love for her daughter.
I really think you need to have it in a frame on your desk (at least).
I know how it is to be the one behind the camera all the time.
My friend Krystyn of Really, Are You Serious? does a great meme on Mondays called Mommy and Me Monday that makes you take a photo of you with your children. You really might like it: http://www.reallyareyouserious.com/2011/01/mommy-and-me-monday-the-46th-edition-do-the-potty-dance.html


67 Stephanie January 20, 2011 at 10:33 pm

There are so many reasons I love this photo – your pose, your daughter’s sleepy expression, etc. You look so relaxed, so perfectly Janice. :)


68 Christine Steendahl-"The Menu Mom" January 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Very beautiful picture! Fantastic Blog! Thanks for sharing.


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