Cyndy Gatewood is a loving wife and a mother.
According to Gatewood’s official website, she and her husband have been married for more than nine years and are parents to three beautiful children.
Gatewood revealed in a recent Facebook post that she wishes her husband would do more of one thing when it comes to being a dad, and that’s taking more pictures of her interacting with their kids.
Dear Dads, I know you’re holding your phone right now. You probably always have your phone in your hand or at least in your pocket— we all do. Do her a favor and take more pictures.
No, not screenshots of a funny meme you just saw on Twitter.
I’m talking about pictures of her. The mother of your children. The love of your life. The one who works so hard with you to hold it all together for your precious family.
Take more pictures of her.
Gatewood decision to make this plea to her husband — as well as other husbands out there — came after a cursory search through her phone. She was looking through her own photo album and realized that she has tons of photos of him with their children, but none of the moments she has shared with them.
It’s totally my fault. I’m either always behind the camera, or never want him take a candid picture of me. I always feel like I have to have on makeup or have a good angle because I have a social media mentality. I always assume it will be posted and everyone will see it.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
As Gatewood acknowledges, it’s important for their children to not only have photos of them with their father but also with their mother.
She encouraged other spouses out there to ignore their significant other’s need for perfection and “just take the picture”:
Dads, if you have a wife like me, one night when she’s laying in bed reading a story to your daughter, whip out your phone and take a picture.
Without warning. Without posing. Just take the picture.
When she’s in the kitchen talking to your son about his day, take the picture. If she’s rolling around on the floor with the kids or helping one with their homework, take the picture.
Time goes by so fast and everyday these sweet babies are getting older and older. Before we know it, they’ll be packing up their cars and moving off to college. Take the picture.
One day, she’ll be gone and all the kids have left of her are memories. Take the picture.
Take the pictures to show them the love she had for them. Take the pictures so they can always remember how silly she was. Take the pictures so they can see how beautiful she was. It doesn’t matter if she’s in her pajamas and on day 4 of dry shampoo, please, take the picture.
Gatewood then went on to explain why photographs are so important to her personally.
According to her Facebook post, Gatewood lost her own mother when she was just 20 years old. Now all she has are pictures, and it’s those pictures that help her stay connected to her mom.
My mom passed away when I was 20 years old. All I have are pictures. I stare at the pictures of her holding me in her lap laughing at something cute I must have said. I zoom in on pictures of her hands to see if I have the same ones as I’ve gotten older.
You can’t capture things like that in a selfie.
She understands that loved ones may not always think about taking the picture, but when they do see a picture-perfect moment, they should capture it.
“Just take the picture.”