I hate having my picture taken. Well, let me clarify. I am narcissistic enough to enjoy the attention that comes from someone wanting to point a camera in my direction (just being honest!). But, I never like the results, with few exceptions. Sarah can always get a good picture of me (or so it seems), but for all I know she may be doing major post editing to make me look good!
My daughter is always playing with the camera and taking pictures of anything or anyone she can, she mentioned to me once that “you never let me take your picture mom”. That comment stayed with me for a long time, I pondered over it much. How many grown women do you know that do not like having their picture taken? Better yet, how many women do you know that do like being photographed? Not many I am betting.
I decided for the sake of my daughter I would always smile no matter who was pointing a camera at my face. I don’t care how unflattering the resulting image may be, I want to set an example for my daughter. I want her to enjoy the moment and not worry about how she looks, or what angle she should pose from. It has been working pretty well, there are now more photos of me to document to my great grandchildren that I did in fact live and was not a family myth. Even better is that I am modeling good body image for my children.
If I don’t like the photo that was taken, so be it, but I never point out my perceived flaws in front of my children. I have never talked about my weight in front of my kids. never. Overall, I think I have a healthy body image, there are of course things I would like to change (the abs that I blame on 3 pregnancies, which really are more of a result of my brownie problem), the crooked nose. But I am not someone who shies away from looking in the mirror.
I want so very much for my daughters to grow into women who enjoy their own skin, who have a healthy love and appreciation for their God given bodies. If smiling for pictures is one way I can illustrate that for them, then “Cheese”!