Do you hide behind the camera, always playing photographer? I’m here to encourage you today to get on the other side and jump in those beautiful pictures of your family.
I get it. I really do. For so many years, I hid from any camera pointed my way. My poor hubby has been at the losing end of many outbursts on this subject.
As the years pass and the extra weight of babies and life takes hold of our bodies, too many of us mommies avoid pictures with our kids. I have so many adorable images from over the years of my family. But I’m missing in far too many of them, unnecessarily ashamed of what I look like from the newly formed wrinkles and pounds.
I want to share with you today that I’m done with that and I hope to encourage you to be as well. I’ve cried many prayers to finally look at a picture of myself and not see all the flaws. I’m making great strides with this too common dilemma.
My beautiful daughter got married recently and this, of course, included a great deal of family pictures such as these…
These images will forever remind me of one of the most incredible days our family has spent together. They will live on for generations to come and I’m thankful to be in them. Instead of seeing the many pounds I was certain I would lose before this glorious event, I remember those joyous smiles on our faces as we added a new family member to our crazy, loving brood.
This is a huge shift for me and one I hope to help you come to as well. Quit hiding behind the camera. I immensely adore photos of my kids as much as the next mom, but they will so appreciate having us in some of those precious mementos.
Let’s jump in those pictures! When our adult children look back on them years from now, they won’t see things like aging and thigh spread. They will see the women who loved them more than life itself and these captured images will be some of the greatest keepsakes we will leave them.
This newfound confidence even led me to finally embark on professional headshots for this online space and my Essential Oil business. I’m so thankful to Katie from Katie Moore Photography for making me feel comfortable and beautiful during my fun, recent shoot with her. Here’s a few of those moments:
Do I see perfection and absolutely love looking at these? No. I’m not quite that evolved. I still notice extra pounds, drooping eyelids, crooked smiles… But I’m so thrilled to have these special photographs and will never regret taking the time and money to get them done.
Even if you can’t afford to head over to a professional at this time, please let me encourage you to have someone take some pictures of you alone. Give yourself that gift to just loosen up and find some comfort on the other side of the camera lens. You won’t regret it, and your people will really appreciate you for leaving that sweet photoshoot behind.
True beauty is so much more than those imperfections we see in ourselves. Remember this important fact when you stare down a recent 4×6 of yourself:
Your beauty should come from the inside. It should come from the heart. This is the kind that lasts. Your beauty should be a gentle and quiet spirit. In God’s sight this is of great worth and no amount of money can buy it.
~1 Peter 3:4 (NLV)
Believe it or not, that lasting inner beauty will always shine through in those captured images for years to come…
Are you ready to jump in all those adorable family pics? Share your thoughts in the comments. I would love to hear from you!
For more encouragement on dealing with this much too common issue, check out How to Feel Beautiful at Any Weight.