staying in the picture.

February 11, 2013




At this particular point in my life I rarely have the time to feel beautiful.

Sure, I have moments where I see a sparkle in my smile, or feel a little pretty in my new dress. But mostly I dwell on that dark line left over from my pregnancy, my saggy bottom, or the never ending pimple popping up on my chin {which is spending this month smack dab between my eyes...}

So, I avoid recording myself in photographs. Not the case with my beautiful family. I adore them and snap them whenever I can but all too often avoid the camera.
 
 Until I read this article last week.

Mamas, I urge you to read it. Life changing stuff.
Off to make some memories.
♡ ashley

p.s. sadly, this is one of the first photos I could find on my computer with me in it. Over a year old, with dark hair {and circles} but my girl? she's going to see her mama, the one that loves her. x

19 comments:

  1. My boyfriend photographs my son and I frequently, but I find it had to get pictures of us as a family... maybe a slightly different conundrum!

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  2. That article made me cry! Makes you think that if you're too ashamed about yourself what will our children grow up thinking of us! Think I'm going to finally book in those portraits with my girl instead of waiting until I'm satisfied with how I look...

    Thank you for this :)

    Sophie xo

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  3. It's a beautiful photo of the two of you lovely gals. It's so easy to always be behind the camera... because it feels a lot more comfortable and natural that way. But it is good to step outside our comfort zone in most things we do, photos are no exception, I guess.
    xo

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  4. That article is so true - I'm rarely in photos now, just because I'm mostly in front of the camera. Family portraits are also hard to come by. Thanks for the reminder to get in them more often! x

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  5. I totally fall into this trap. Sometimes I just am always behind the camera and realize that no one bothered to take any shots of me... other times James actually is taking pictures but I duck out of the way because I feel ugly. It's a bad habit- you look lovely btw!

    xox Lilly

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  6. I do this a little too I suppose because I'm holding the camera. I must remember to put myself in front of it a little more often, I still want to remember my life when I get older as well just like I look back fondly on my childhood photos. Thank you for reminding me to get in front of the camera too:) xx

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  7. I have read that article before but seriously needed the reminder. My husband is *horrible* about getting photos of me with the kids (I usually have to ask) and then, the photos are almost always out of focus. And, if I had a quarter for every time I avoided posting a photo of myself on my blog because my hair was awful, or my double chin stood out, or my wrinkles were too deep, or whatever.... I SO needed this reminder. Just last night we had a ladies night out and were talking about parenting girls and body image and all. And how many times have I joked to my husband that based on our photo albums, our girls will grow up believing only HE did all the fun stuff with them! Bah! Thanks, totally needed this.

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  8. Thank you so SO much for sharing this, Ashley. It's exactly the kick up the butt I needed to start getting in the picture more often and to organise a family shoot sometime this year. I just blogged about it too, hope you don't mind :) xxx

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  9. Oh Ashely, I felt sure I commented on this - sorry! I left a little note on Jess' post too...I'm so glad you wrote about this. I am a little shy and awkward in front of the camera but these are such important reasons to rise above a little bit of vanity or other excuses. Love to you x

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  10. I will definitely read this as I am in exactly the same place as you! Thank you for sharing.

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  11. Beautiful picture one that your little one will treasure one day. xxx

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  12. oh your gorgeous. this is the first time i am seeing you.

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  13. oh your gorgeous. this is the first time i am seeing you.

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  15. Thank you for sharing this Ashley. In fact, I removed a picture from a post this morning which had me in it for once... perhaps I should add it back in... such wise thoughts x

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  16. Just went back and added in the picture of me and my little one to my post... thanks for the push :)

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  17. What a lovely article, thanks for sharing. I struggle with the very same thing, and then beat myself up about it when looking back through photos. This has inspired me to make more of an effort to be in the picture, instead of always snapping them.

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  18. Hi Ashley, I don't know why I didn't comment at the time... but just wanted to say that I remember you posting this and it has since inspired me to 'get in the picture' . I've been making a conscious effort to hand the camera over to Paddy to document some evidence of me in the motherhood role. I'm inspired by the article to create a new series on my blog (I'll be sure to credit you for the inspiration)... thank you for sharing. xx

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    1. Hi Claire, can't wait to see what you do with your series. This is so important as mamas to little ladies. They learn to be proud of the way they look from their mom first. Big job hey?! Xx

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