Hello Mum in the pictureI’m stunned and overwhelmed and cheered and heartbroken and filled with joy over the response to my post about being missing from my children’s childhood.

But I’m not surprised, not really.

We mums have been missing from family photos for years and years and it’s time we jumped back #inthepicture. Being insecure and self-conscious and shy just isn’t a good enough reason to go missing from our children’s memories. Our kids don’t care and we are right there anyway, just as we are.

I didn’t quite know how to say THANK YOU to all the wonderful mums who have uploaded their photos to #inthepicture so far… so I made you a little video.

I get goosebumps when I see all the shining mums in this video. I get goosebumps and I’m grateful.

Are you getting #inthepicture?

* If you would like me to take your picture out of this project, please email me at maxabella(a)gmail(dot)com and I will remove it immediately. It will be heartbreaking, but I’ll do it.

 Click here to sign up for a fun monthly reminder to get #inthepicture

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  1. C says

    This made me cry! My boys are 2 and 3 and there are only a handful of pictures with me in them. I needed to see this before it was too late. I always say, when I look nicer, when I lose more weight, later…later….later. Well later is now! I am their mother and always will be, I am always there behind the camera and I deserve to be in the picture too!! We are our own worst critics…..because not ONE time through the whole video did I think these moms were anything other than beautiful!! This is amazing and inspiring!! Thank you!!!

  2. Kaley says

    I’m a 25-year-old childless single girl but right now I’m really wishing I could be home to take a picture with my own mom.

  3. says

    Thank you so much for doing this! My kids loved it – Phoebe asked why it was put together and when I explained, she looked shocked and said ‘but you’re beautiful, Mum – all the Mums are beautiful! Look!’ (and then we watched it again. Through the eyes of a child xx

  4. says

    I wish I had some photos of my mother with me and my brothers and sisters as children. Apart from the one or two of her with us as babies there are none. I have more of me with my kids but not as many as there should be.

    Your pictures are beautiful, joyous, ones to be treasured. :)

  5. says

    So beautiful – the message, the photos and that soundtrack to your video. I’ve loaded a photo (a bit late for the video) – took it today as my big girl received her senior page in Year 6. Smile wrinkles only express the joy of the moment – don’t they!

  6. says

    I needed your original post on this Bron, and this one too. It’s making me teary thinking about it. Last night organised for a beautiful friend photographer to take shots of pregnant me and my two girls in the coming weeks. And I honestly cannot wait. Thank you xx

  7. says

    Tears and goosebumps!
    Beautiful work Bron xx

  8. says

    I loved this so, so much Bron! Such an awesome idea and great reminder for all us mums! Good on you brave lady – we need more mums like you celebrating women and mums just as we are! So much positivity and kindness – bravo, bravo!

  9. says

    What a moving (in such a positive way) post, I am off to check my photos, I bet I am not in them much. That will change.

  10. says

    Amazing so much happiness and beautiful beaming faces. Thank you x

  11. says

    Another wonderful post … and a beautiful shot of you and your babies, thats a fabulous moment caught in time :) Also, way to make me cry with the video! so special. xox

  12. says

    *Crying* My kids are all big, and there’s pretty much a ten year space without me in their pics. They’ll be gone soon, and I promise I won’t shy away ever again! XX

  13. georgie says

    omg – my new years resolution this year was to get in the “picture” no more im not looking good, oh but my hairs a mess or oh no not in this daggy outfit – this year im saying yes to every pic that someone wants to take – and hey yeah I blinked or my smile was wonky but hey it was me at that moment in time – I draw the line at SELFIES and will never participate in these hehe

  14. says

    This is one of the main reasons I started a blog. to encourage women to not give a f@#% what others think about them, and to recognise that your kids absolutely love you for who you are- just beautiful, xxx

  15. says

    For God’s sake, I just put on some makeup and now it’s ruined!

    I truly love this whole movement and I really think you’ve changed people’s lives. That’s not blowing smoke Bron, that’s real. I know quite a few mums who I shared this post with who dropped everything to go and take a photo with their kids and vowed to stop being so goddamn self conscious and start caring more about being present in their kids’ lives and memories.

    What an amazing thing you’ve done. It’s more than just being in the photo, it’s about taking centre stage and taking credit for everything you give and do for your kids. It’s about saying, yep, I’m here ALL THE BLOODY TIME and now I’m going to make myself seen.

    P.S I’m going to come and give you a big hug at Problogger Sydney!

  16. says

    What a brilliant idea and I do wish I’d contributed. I did think of it but then everything else took precedence and it slipped to the back of my mind – isn’t that shameful! xx


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