To just stop a minute and capture this moment, me at this point in time, forever. Not just for myself but for those who love me.
This is Me at this moment in time. This one photo was completely random and James took it as a test shot but tells me a lot and it will remind me about a lot of things and my life at this time. It’s really not just a photo at all.
* It’s just before my “I Quit Sugar” starts, with a face that is much fatter than I’d like. Perhaps this is one of the last photos of me and my Sugar Struggle.
* My hair is scraped back in to a pony tail which I hate! I do NOT like my jagged hair line, but I’ll know it was because I was at work and it was a special shoot.
* I’m frowning and gaining a big line between my brows which I’m becoming very conscious of. I wonder if in the future I’ll have filled it with botox and then miss being able to frown?
All of these things – which I don’t really like about myself, which usually prevent me from being in front of the camera – they are all here right now for you to see. I have even taken it one step further and pointed them out.
Why? Because I asked myself does it even matter?
A photo isn’t just a photo, it’s a memory captured and a moment in time.
This is just one of my moments – and although I am flawed and not in love with how I look, I’m glad to have this image of me. I’m grateful that I can look back on this one day, perhaps my future children may have this photograph or many like it and treasure it.
It wont matter how fat my face is – they will look at it fondly and cherish it – and perhaps I’ll be incredibly wrinkly and enjoying sharing this and many more with them. (I’ll probably look back at a time I thought I looked awful and wished I still looked like that!)
What’s my point?
Photographs mean so much more – and this plays a massive part in the way James and I capture the people’s lives and celebrations we are lucky to share. We don’t just take pictures, we do so much more than that!
But also, I want to reach out to other camera shy folk who avoid photographs because they don’t feel they look ok. Don’t miss capturing pieces of your life. You’ll regret not having those photographs more than you will regret how you think you look in them.