Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Aleida's Challenge- on Flickr Groups and I hate my photos

Boy do I hate how I look in photos and I have to get over that. Yesterday my friend Lucy was taking photos of me. On a good day I hate my photos, but I literally have been sick for a week and the face defietly shows.

Today I am reading Emily Ahren's blog and found this interesting post on taking photos of yourself with your children. You must read this!

Aleida's Challenge

From Emily's blog-

Many scrapbookers knew Aleida Franklin. She was a wonderful wife and mother and a brilliant artist. I didn't know Aleida personally, but she taught me something I will never forget.

She emailed me last year to tell me she loved my blog and to ask if I like my short hair-cut. This lead to a series of emails which eventually led me to remark that I really loved how often she posted pictures of herself with her children on her blog. And she replied to me, "Have you ever seen a photograph of your own mother and thought to yourself how fat she looked? Or how she wasn't wearing make-up? Or wasn't dressed in a glamorous outfit?" Of course my answer was no.

She then responded with saying that she made it a goal to take a picture of herself with her children at least once every month. And that to use excuses about how we look, as women, is ridiculous, since our children will never care what we looked like, but only that we had physical evidence of the bond between mother and child. Aleida tragically and unexpectedly passed away last September, leaving 2 small children and a grieving husband. After she passed I thought of how those children must feel to have those precious photographs.

Emily says:
I have made it my personal goal to follow her wise suggestion and I now take photos of myself with my children....double chins, make-up free, bed-head and all.

I invite Mothers everywhere to take Aleida's Challenge. To photograph yourself with your children each and every month. And to post them here so that we can see Aleida's legacy unfolding. If you want to share your projects and get encouragement, join the new Aleida's Challenge Flickr Group.


Jocelyn said...

So very true and I remember when her passing was posted and how impacted we all were!!! I too canot stand the way I look in pics, I am never happy with the way I look, but I have been using those pics and will continue to do so!!!! Happy Wednesday to you!

Aleta said...

Wow! Thanks for the initiative! What a wonderful lady she was, and I'm pretty sure her name was pronounced the same as mine!

Susan Dupre said...

I totally love that - and it is true. I never look at my family photos and say that person looked fat.... I hardly ever take pics of myself. I make a commitment here and now to take more photos of myself and son.

LOL, you know you are lo of the week twice - Wendela picked and then I picked - umm, I didn't pay attention that you were picked ajust before - oh well, what the heck! You're on the blog again, because I loved your lo!

Bethany Kartchner said...

Amen sister, Amen. I'm going to do it.

Lucy Edson said...

We'll get some new pics when you aren't sick! ;)

But I love what you said about the mom photos - I am so guilty of that! We all need to love ourselves a little more and accept the imperfections. Me especially. :)

Staci said...

I have heard so much about aleida, and I just love that challenge. It's so important! Thanks for the push :-)

Ayekah said...

That is ever so true, speaking as someone who lost her better half many years to early. And the best pictures are the ones that are candid, gnarly and reflect our daily lives. I laugh because one of my favorites is him kissing our cow, of course the cow kisses back! :)