I want you to think of the women in your life, your mom, your sister, your best friend, your daughter or an aunt, your grandmother. What do you think of her? Is she beautiful? When you see pictures of her, do you cringe and think, how does she live with herself? I am guessing all of you would say, NO.
If this is the case, then what do we think people really see in us? When a picture is taken, do others close their eyes from blindness, are they running to the toilet to heave this-morning's breakfast (okay sorry, that was a little overboard)? But I think we can all say that, no, they don't. When I have a picture taken of myself and both my husband (who thinks I am beautiful by the way) and I are looking at it, we see two very different things. I see how I wish my jaw was more defined and my eyes weren't so crooked. I see that one ear is poking out of my hair which makes my hair look thin and my ears look big. I see big teeth and a long skinny face. And most of all, I see how fat I think I am.
So when it is your turn to stand in front of a camera for a family picture or a family trip, outing or just to have fun with your kids, be self-confident that no one will see you the way you see yourself, and if you can, try not to be so hard on yourself. I am talking to all you wives, sisters, mothers, friends and daughters out there, and I am asking you to get in the picture. Be present in your families lives. When you are gone, this is what they will hold on to, the pictures of you with them will help them not forget how much you mean to them. Your face will never be forgotten. And more then that, the memories you made with them won't either.
My family will always have these...they will see that I loved them, no matter what the future holds.
Because I got in the picture!
In a picture, your smile will live on forever!
I was inspired by this article in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/allison-tate/mom-pictures-with-kids_b_1926073.html It too will help you see why getting in the picture is so important!
Tell me your thoughts on getting your picture taken. What are some of your favorite memories you were able to capture?