This month in the #inthepicture reminder email, I asked you why you thought we were all struggling so much to get in the picture with the kids. Is it because we are behind the camera or are we camera shy? I asked whether you like photos of yourself.
I do not like photos of myself. Not one little bit. I don’t even like nice photos of myself. When I see a nice photo of myself, I don’t think it looks like me. When the hair is done and the make up is on, I honestly look like a different person.
Exhibit A – my profile pic in my side bar. This was taken when I had a full face of make up on when shooting the Kidspot Blogging Masterclass. I like it enough to use it as my profile pic.
Exhibit B – look how groomed I am. Is this even me? Whose hair have I stolen? Am I preparing to read the news?
Exhibit C – And here I am in the picture with the family this month. I managed two attempts with the kids and one couplie with the husbie. We do like a good couplie. I am wearing Max’s hat in the couple photo. Just so you know. I didn’t want you to think that I a particularly giant head or something…
Again, no make up, crazy hair… it bothers me, even though I look like this pretty much every day. I really am in denial about that, aren’t I? I have this amazing ability to project the me in my head onto the me in real life, which is to say that I swan around as if I am much better put together at all times. But, of course, everyone else is just looking at the crazy lady with the pale face, missing eyebrows and sheepdog hair. Sigh.
Perhaps if I am serious about looking better in photos I need to take a long, hard look at myself (literally) and pay more attention to the way I look each day. Since I’ll be camera ready at all times perhaps I will take more photos with the kidlets? Hmmm… worth an experiment, me thinks.
One of the things that is really, really irritating me about the shots I have with the kids is how ‘routine’ they are. All lined up, ready for our posey shot. Blah. My siblings and I always called these shots “the standard”, where we would be lined up in birth order in front of one tree or another for the standard snap. It’s no surprise that I’m not a fan so this month I will be researching ways to take fresher, more natural photos with the kids and I will share them in next month’s #inthepicture reminder email. So do sign up for that!
Okay, ready to go? Please share any #inthepicture photos you’ve snapped this month. You can upload a photo (no links to blogs or anything required) so we can all view your loveliness. Of course, if you don’t want to share, that’s okay too, but do remember to take those pics each month anyway and please answer this question in the comments for me:
Do you recognise yourself in photos? Do you look like you?
And a little reminder of how it all began…