January 05, 2013

Soapbox Saturday - Pictures of YOU

I got an email a few days ago from Emilie at Plucky Momo and she asked a favor.  Really, it was more helpful to me than "a favor."  She wanted to spread an idea and it's one that I fell in love with as well.

You can read Emilie's post HERE for the full story, but here's a shortened version of the story.  Aleida Franklin was a well-loved member/artist of the scrapbooking community.  Not only that, but she sensed the importance of allowing herself to be in her photos with her children.  She pointed out that children don't judge their moms the way we judge ourselves we look at photos.  They are just happy to see their beautiful mother.  

Aleida passed away a few years ago at the age of 41.  This was one of the last posts on her blog:


So the challenge is to take Aleida's concept and take a photo of your children WITH you in it every month.  How precious those photos of her must be to her children.  I love this idea.  I'm rarely in our photos, but I'm going to take this challenge and try hard to do it this year.

I'm going to try to post mine on Sunshine Sundays at the beginning of each month, to hold myself accountable.  I'll try to ignore the bedhead, lack of makeup, and extra weight and let my kids remember who I am - real and unposed.

So, are you in?  (Emilie has a button on her post if you want one.)  Even if you're not a mother, I think it's great to have pictures of yourself - not vain.  We need to love ourselves the way we are.  Have any of you already taken this challenge?  Any helpful ways to remember it each month?  

Thanks for reading.  (And thanks for passing on the challenge, Emilie.)

31 comments:

  1. I agree!! Here's my big long post about moms getting into pictures.... http://www.sugarbeecrafts.com/2012/05/mothers-day-get-in-those-pictures.html

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  2. I love this idea! I will try to have Poppa take a few pictures of "Nanny" with the girls!!!!

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  3. I'm in, too! I hate pics of myself and have none but this year will be different!

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  4. I love this idea too and it also rings true for me; most of the pics of my kids are of them alone or with my husband. As much as we hate to see pics of us, our kids will love to have them someday!

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  5. Fine, I guess I'll take a picture with Blue once a month. Instead of a million of just him. ;)

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  6. I'm all for this, count me in!! I love this post thank you for sharing it, forget the judgement, wrinkles, food spilled on clothes and just have fun, the way kids do and see ourselves the way they do!! hugs! Michelle W

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  7. I'm in! This idea really hit home for me when a few years ago for my MIL's 50th we were trying to put together a scrapbook of her through the years and there were almost NO pictures of her and her children because she was always self-conscious about how she looked. So true that the kids don't judge their mom's looks, they just love to see them with them.

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  8. It is true. My mom passed away when I was 23. Even today I stop everything when I see a picture of her and gaze at her face. Sadly, there aren't enough photos of her. Last week we went sledding and I took a few hundred pictures of my family. Not one of those pictures had a photo of me in it. I need to be better at this!

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  9. Oh! I so agree with this. My mom has never liked having her picture taken and there seem to be very few pictures of us as kids with her. And the pictures she's in, she's not giving a real smile. Consequently, I've made sure to have my picture taken with my kids even though I'm not always looking how I'd like.

    Love this post.

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  10. Love it!!! This is one of my goals for the year!!! so excited to see your pics :)

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  11. Cheri - This is awesome! I am in!!

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  12. I love your blog ! Too bad we don't have kids yet ! :)

    http://matthewandiris.blogspot.fr/

    :) Iris, The french girl !

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  13. Great idea! I'm so in! I'm always the taking the photos, now is a great time to change that!

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  14. Thanks Cheri!
    Don't forget to share photos on Instagram so we can all see them!
    And thanks to Aleida for being awesome.

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  15. What an amazing idea Cheri. This one is a bit closer to my heart as I lost my mum to breast cancer when I was only 12 and have very few photos of us. Will start this off with a trip to the beach :)

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  16. Oh Cheri, this is my best new year resolution this year.I´m in! Thank you!

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  17. What a brilliant idea! Thank you for your inspiration!

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  18. This is a great idea! I suck at this currently!

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  19. Love it! And thank you and I'm sure my children would thank you. I am doing this for my children and grand child.

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  20. Love this idea! When I was pregnant with my daughter we got several of those frames that show them growing month by month until you get to a year. I thought it would be fun to see how our family changed in the course of a year and so every month for her first year we took a family photo and put it in one of the frames. It is now in our living room and is always something people look at when they come to our house. It was fun to see what we did as a family and see how not just our daughter changed but how we did as well. I kinda fell out of the habit of doing it after the year mark but I like this challenge so I think I'll start up again.

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  21. This is such a great idea! My baby is 8 months old, and I still do not have one of him and his grandma because she insists she needs to 'get ready,' for pictures. This is such a great reminder to get pictures while you can! I will be taking more pictures of me and my baby so we can look back at all the goofy stuff we do everyday.

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  22. I was just thinking about this yesterday. I finally decided to get organized and put the hundreds of pictures I have printed into the photo albums I bought last year. I forced myself to make the pictures of my son and I visible instead of slipping them behind another photograph. I figured he'd like to see some of his family instead of just him when he gets older. I love this idea of a monthly mommy and child picture... I'm definitely doing this.

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  23. I LOVE this idea and you can count me in!

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  24. Oh my gosh... I'm crying. My MIL gets on to me all the time for not being in any of our photographs. I've tried harder lately, but I will definitely make this a priority.

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  25. I was just telling this to my niece today. When my husband passed away and I was preparing a slide show for the service I realized how few pics had me with the family in them. Some day my kids will treasure those, so now I'm always jumping in front of the camera. What a great post to share and prayers for this sweet ladies family.

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  26. Great idea. I had read something last year about being in more pictures with my children. I try to make it every month. Sometimes I have used the camera timer. I will do this!

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  27. I love this idea! I already blogged about it here :D http://jacksonshappenins.blogspot.com/2013/01/capture-us-mondays.html

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  28. Such a wonderful and inspiring idea! Here is the post I did with pictures of me and kids
    http://julieiscocoandcocoa.blogspot.com/2013/01/blurry-pictures.html

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  29. I'm in! I'm actually starting to do this weekly as a "Tuesday Timeout" :)

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  30. What a wonderful idea. I always tell my husband when I'm gone my children are going to look at all our pictures & won't remember what I looked like. Other people would think there was no Mother (Me) in our home. It's pretty sad. So I'm taking this challenge & taking my picture with my children this Sun. & I think I'll do one with my parents too.

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