Here is another in the series to try and erase the negative images that we see every day. Yesterday, Jenny shared her story. Tuesday, I shared with you a heartwarming post from one such woman. If you missed the other posts in this series you can check it out here, here and here. Today I have another fab four that are near and dear to my heart. Anyone that knows me in real life will know one of these faces for sure.
Today I have another fab four with their favorite pictures and sharing why the pictures are their favorites. Emily is one of my best friends in blogging and outside of blogging. Marissa is just the sweetest person you will ever meet. Tamara is so cool to chat with and Ashleigh is not only sweet but she is the mom to two sassy kids, one who happened to fall in love with Gracie.
I like this picture because 5 years ago I’d never have taken it, much less put it on Facebook for the world to see. I was so insecure about my weight for a long time and would never leave the house without makeup. Yet in this picture I have on no makeup, I’d been working hard all morning, and when I sat down my stomach wanted to flare out like a muffin top. Still, I smile when I see it because it was a day where a creative vision I had come together, and I was having a good time with my employees, joking, laughing and taking pictures. I’m learning that I am what I am, and while I may have makeup on some days there will be days I don’t, and while I might lose weight I could just as easily gain it back. None of that changes my worth or who I am as a human being. – Emily from Odom Farming Co.
So the reason I love this photo is because it’s REAL. The smile you see is 100% genuine and authentic. The irony is that I had set out to take some new headshots for my blog and hated every. single. one. This was a candid shot taken during a funny moment and to this day, it’s my favorite photo of myself. It may not be my “best” photo. My hair may not be perfect and my makeup is understated. My pigment on my shoulder is showing (something I’ve been self-conscious of since I was a child) and sometimes I hate when I smile so big that my gums show. But you know what? This is me. And this is me truly, sincerely happy. – Ashleigh from The Glitter Cottage
I have a hard time liking photos where I am smiling because my smile is crooked and I used to get teased about it. It’s still an insecurity at times, but in this photo, I have a genuine smile and I remember just feeling so beautiful that day. And purple has been my favorite hair color to date! This photo I think just truly represents Marissa! – Marissa from Shabby Chic Cheap
The picture I’m sharing is a bit personal. It may not look like one I should think of as a “favorite”. As I scrolled through my camera roll, I found picture after picture of the kids, of my husband and I, and of our dog, Zollie. Besides some selfies, there weren’t many pictures of me alone and especially many that someone else had taken. Then I came across the picture that immediately evoked the warm fuzzies and a flash of great memories. My husband and I were vacationing on Bald Head Island and taking a series of beach shots of each other as the sunset. I tried pretty poses holding myself just so, hand on hips, lengthening my body, etc. After about 10 minutes, my husband put the camera down and said…”Ok, now how about you just be yourself and stop trying so hard to be perfect.” I laughed heartily because he knew me so well and he had called me out on the ridiculous nature of posing and trying hard to be “pretty”. Then he laughed too and we started a series of these crazy pictures where I was indeed, “myself”. I didn’t think anyone would ever see our impromptu photo session that day, so this is truly a representation of who I am when I’m not trying to impress. That day on the beach was fun not because I came away with great pictures, but because I stopped thinking of how the picture would turn out and instead just focused on being my goofy, ridiculous self. This picture will always be a reminder that I am loved by many just as I am. Flaws, weight gain, no
make upand all. What makes me special is all that I hold inside- the fun, the laughter, the joy that my husband and family bring to me every day. They don’t require perfection from me. Why should I require it of myself? -Tamara from Lights Camera Family