Get in the Picture!

As family historian, I often go through entire events without “making” any of the photographs of said event.  And honestly, that would pretty much suit me just fine.  You see, I am not overly fond of the way I look.  Looking at photographs of myself usually makes me cringe and vow to stop eating so much bread.  I know I am not alone in this.  Most moms I know have a similar aversion to getting behind the camera.

Many of you know that I am a cancer survivor.  One of the first things that I wanted to do after finding out I had cancer was to have pictures taken of me WITH my children.  You see, as a photographer, I had plenty of great pictures OF my children, but not a whole lot with ME in them.  Having cancer made me realize, that if something were to happen to me, my kids really wouldn’t care if I had a double chin or a muffin-top.  They would cherish pictures of me with them – loving them – because of who I am, not what I look like.


I made a resolution to be in more pictures.  It’s something I really have to work at, because it’s not “natural” for me to just hop into a picture.  And if you’re anything like me, you’ll feel the same way.

But there is hope!

I am here to provide you with a few tips and tricks to ensure that you, MOM, look better in pictures.

Tip #1:  Have the photographer shoot from slightly overhead.  Double chins are much more flattering if you’re looking UP.


Tip #2:  Use your children as a shield.  Put them in front of you!  Block that tummy!

Tip #3:  Black is slimming.  If not black, at least solid, dark, clothes.


 Most importantly, allow yourself to be in pictures.  Don’t be so selfish that your children will wish for photos of you when you are gone.  I know it sounds morbid, but I think it needs to be said.  Okay, getting of the soapbox now.  Go take some pictures with your kids.


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About Laura

A Christian wife, mother, daughter, former educator, photographer, amateur chef, pretend gardener, alto 🎶, book nerd, cancer-survivor and laundry-hater.

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2 Responses to Get in the Picture!

  1. Debi Kirksey July 25, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    Great tips you’ve shared! I love all the photos of your family through the years. I rarely end up in photos because I’m the only one with the camera!

  2. Shiann July 25, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    Thanks for the encouragement. I think we only have 2 full family poses in the last 2 years. =( This is important, I agree.

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