When’s the last time you put yourself into a photo that made it to a layout? I recently returned from a trip to my home state of Arizona where I spent a weekend with my sisters and also saw my one and only brother. We made so many memories – we traveled, laughed, and reminisced among other things. It was perfect.
Reviewing the photos I was quite surprised to find a lot more of me than usual. This is what happens when you send four women on a trip and three have a camera.
As I looked at the images I must confess that I stressed a little – wishing I had lost 20 pounds before the trip. Really, I did.
Then the longer I stared at this photo with my four siblings (it was the first time we had been together with my mom in years) I realized something. These moments were priceless treasures and I just needed to embrace my imperfections – because life is just that – perfectly imperfect.
Sure I wish I was 20 pounds lighter and my face looked younger, but this is me, right here, right now in my life. If I don’t document it, I’ll never get this opportunity back. And who am I to judge what makes a good photo? When I look at photos of the people I love I don’t care about anything but seeing them there and remembering the moments.
So the next time you shy away from the camera or are tempted to delete an imperfect photo of yourself, don’t do it. Have a zen moment instead of a freak out.
It is only by accepting and forgiving ourselves of our imperfections that we can grow. Cherish your one wild and crazy life – it is yours and no one can take it from you! Accept yourself where you are and look forward to what you are becoming. Time is so limited – we should treasure every moment. That means getting more of us into our memory keeping.
Will you do it?
Products in layout: Papers: Michelle Martin Laurel Papers, Leora Sanford Home Kit, Title quote by Ali Edwards & Cathy Zielske (chat freebie from Designer Digitals). Lightroom photo template and Avenir font.