Okay, so that sad face is just a bit for show; I wanted to be funny to hide behind my real fear of looking at myself. But it does reflect the amount of unnecessary stress we as women put on ourselves to be perfect. There is a quiet, yet so demanding, voice of doubt inside that can give us so many hurdles to cross that we never start towards our goals. In the case of photography, we leave ourselves out and leave others with fewer memories of the wife, daughter, sister, mother, or friend that they love.
My sweet daughter, Maggie, led me to try again for a better image. She greeted my joke of a frown with a disgusted, "But that's not you mom. You are always smiling!" She is right; I am usually perky to a fault. While I may worry that my nose is too big, my body isn't like it was when I was 18, and I could seriously use some makeup lessons, my friends and family love me for who I am right now. I should celebrate the me of today in every way I can including pictures.
If I can tell women one thing about photographs of themselves, I'd say take them. Don't wait for images of the you of tomorrow. Stop putting off pictures until after you have lost a few pounds or your hair grows out or you get a new outfit. Give others the gift of having the you of today in their photo memories. And if crossing those hurdles of doubt is hard, let me know. I'll cheer you on as we kick them all down together.
Want to see more self-portraits? Visit Renee at MyLife365 to see how she interpreted this week's 52 on Fridays challenge theme.