Relationships

A few months ago, I was contacted by Houston photographer Christina Anglum with a challenge. I love to be inspired, and with this particular challenge, not only was I going to be inspired but also come away with images that I should have been taking all along <—– with me in them!  The idea is to take a self portrait capturing our relationships with our kids, significant other, family, pet, best friend, or ourselves. As photographers, we are always behind the camera and very rarely step in front of it. Easy enough right? Well, back up the truck, I found it to be quite difficult. The difficulty didn’t lie so much in taking the photos, but looking at the photos without a critical photographer’s eye. The room where I took the photos only has one window, so I was having to jack up my ISO, which in turn results in a grainy look in the pictures. Also, despite losing 40 pounds over the last year and a half, I found myself looking at the photos and picking myself apart. My leg looks thick in this photo, I still have a double chin, blah blah blah, pick, pick, pick. I took one quick glance over all the photos and closed the folder and walked away. I hated them, more like, I hated the way I looked in them. However, a few days later, I took a look again with a fresh eye and a new mind set. As I reviewed the images a second time, this article by Deb Schwedhelm came to mind. Years from now, my kids are not going to look back at these photos and say “Holy Cow, Momma’s legs look fat” or “Look how chubby Momma’s chin is.” They will soley remember the feelings they had that day and I hope, they remember just how much their Momma loved them back then! And to me, that’s the big picture! That’s what photos are all about. As a photographer, I not only want to capture what a person looks like at a paricular time in their life, but I also want to capture the feelings of love and caring that we as humans have for the people in our lives.  And I am truly, 100 %, completely, head over heels in love with this girl!

These photos are growing on me. I’m embracing the grain and the double chin! LOL!
Want to see who else is in this little adventure with me? Check out the list below:

1 Robyn Oakenfold

2 Janine Coveney

3 Amelia Hambrook

4 Kristy Milton

5 Ali Bloom

6 Andrea Hallett

7 Kirsty Lamour

8 Christina Anglum

9 Kylie Dunlop

10 Myra Kushon

11 Jessica Engert

12 Stephanie Platt

13 Megan Fogel

14.  Myra Kushon

Kristy Milton - January 15, 2012 - 9:53 pm

so fun!! you can see the pure excitement on her face,
she is loving every minute of story time!!

Jessica - January 15, 2012 - 10:47 pm

I love snuggle time! These are so sweet!

Christina - January 15, 2012 - 11:27 pm

Awwww!! These are so great! I love how happy you 2 look. :)

Andrea - January 15, 2012 - 11:34 pm

Beautiful images, sweet and snuggly :)

Megan - January 16, 2012 - 12:30 am

Oh My Goodness. .. These are sooooo sweet! I Absolutely love them!

Kirsty-Abu Dhabi - January 16, 2012 - 4:17 am

Lovely! Snuggly reading time is so precious – it’s wonderful that you captured some memories of it

Kylie - January 17, 2012 - 4:15 am

I love these pics!!! Looks like you had such a lovely time reading stories. Embrace away I say! Kx

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