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Thread: On having pictures taken of yourself

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    On having pictures taken of yourself

    One of my Facebook friends posted a link to this, and it's so great, I just want to help spread it around: http://myfriendteresablog.com/so-you...-photographed/
    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

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    This article really hit home! I just recently had a few good friend pass very close together. At the viewing & dinner were many pictures & many stories to go with them. I never wanted my picture taken & actually threw many away. After this last year I realized maybe I didn't want my picture, but maybe my kids did! SO, I decided to stop hiding from pics and enjoy my family & hopefully when I pass they can look back & relive some joyful times with their Mom!
    Also, I recently came across a picture of my Greatgrandparents on the front porch of the family home, with my grandparents, who grandmother was pregnant with my daddie...really neat, glad they took that pic. & I get to see it!

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    Excellent article. Thank you for sharing. It's worth thinking about.

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    Thank you !

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    I never thought of it in this way. Thanks so much. A great article.

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    A few months ago my son put all my pictures on my computer. As we were sorting them into categories and decades he noticed there were very few of me. And most of them were taken 30 plus years ago when he was still a little kid. The pile of just Mom dressed nice and posed consisted of 2 pictures-ages 13 and 33. Not much of a pictoral legacy. He found a few more when he visited the the rest of the familys albums. So now my DIL takes pictures of us all the time and she is quite sneaky about getting shots of me. When I protest she lays the guilt trip on me '''Your Grand daughters will want them''' so I shut up and try to not notice the camera. Althou I have noticed I comb my hair a lot more than I use to : )

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    What a sweet DIL you have stitchit123.
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    I am not a super model. I got over it!

    One Christmas, My parents surprised us kids with a professional photo of them. Neither one smiled in the photo but they also did not like to be in pictures. Daddy died within a couple of years f that photo.....he died in 1996. I cherished that picture when I recieved it....i still chersh that picture..the wallet size is in my wallet. Still brings a smile to my heart. Mom died in 2009. We cant capture a moment that has long passed. Now, go stand in FRONT of that camera!!

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    I hate having my picture taken and I don't have any kids.
    Last picture of myself that I liked was taken 34 years ago.

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    Please become a part of the pictures taken. My Mom always had a child in front of her face, or turned her head, slid behind someone...and there are very few pictures of her beautiful smile, red wavy hair and "rubenesque" figure (a tribute to the buxom beauties in our family) to show her grandchildren.

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    I read once that few people take photos of everyday activities, like the family watching TV together, or someone washing up or pegging clothes on the line. These sort of pictures will, in the future, give our families a good idea of what life was like, rather than formal family groups, or "great events". So I have tried to include some of these photos in my regular record of our life.

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    And do you ever wonder why we' re like this? If you pause a few minutes at the grocery store checkout, ALL the magazine blaze articles on how to loose weight, tighten up, get rid of wrinkles. Why? I guess because we don't look good enough. Every TV ad with ANY age woman, pictures us thin and toned and wearing 3" heels, not plump and at a sewing machine! Every time I go to the doctor, the 25 year old, skinny PA gives me a BMI sheet, with " how to eat better" tips - like at my age I don't know. I'm able ready to tell her off - just wait till SHE has a few kids, menopause and her metabolism hits the wall! Haha!

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    Thanks, Rose_P, that is a beautiful blogspot. I sent it to everyone in my addressbook. How many times have we said "Don't take my picture, I don't have make-up on" or any other silly reason not to be in a picture. That was me, but it isn't any more. I want to be remembered for my happy face!
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    This was wonderful. What I find interesting is 5, 10, 15 years ago the pictures you hated of yourself back then, you look at now and think "I looked pretty good then" and realize you were much too harsh on yourself.

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    My Mother loved to have her picture taken--anytime, anywhere. And did until she died at 80. My Father was in group pictures but never alone. Our family has owned a business since 1904 and I have not been able to find a picture of him to hang with the others that I like--and I have >100 years of family pics at my house.
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    My sister always says, "You might as well smile. I'm going to take the picture anyway."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rann View Post
    My Mother loved to have her picture taken--anytime, anywhere. And did until she died at 80. My Father was in group pictures but never alone. Our family has owned a business since 1904 and I have not been able to find a picture of him to hang with the others that I like--and I have >100 years of family pics at my house.
    This is sad, and of course makes a point, but I wonder if his face could possibly be scanned and cropped out of one of the group pictures. It would be worth the try, anyway. Another alternative might be to get someone with a bit of artistic talent - There's usually one in every family! - to do a drawing or painting of your father based on one of the group pictures. A similar portrait could then be done of your mother to make a pair.

    I'm thinking that even without a great deal of experience, many people who don't realize it can do pretty good drawings. You should perhaps try it - nothing to lose! Scan a picture and enlarge it. It will probably lose details and not be very nice as is, but you could use a light box and trace it and then fill in the details. I hope something works out.

    By the way, speaking of pictures, I just changed my avatar to our dog Gracie because one of the kitties, Bee, in the previous avatar died right before Christmas. We lost our other dog, 16-yr old Rascal, 2 days after Thanksgiving. Rascal was not unexpected, and he had a good long life, but Bee was only 10, and it was very sudden and upsetting. I thought about putting my own face on here, but trust me, the dog is much more entertaining to look at!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthPStitches View Post
    This was wonderful. What I find interesting is 5, 10, 15 years ago the pictures you hated of yourself back then, you look at now and think "I looked pretty good then" and realize you were much too harsh on yourself.
    I really relate to this.....I was soooo camera shy as a girl and still avoid the camera....but you are right....when I look back I shake my head and wonder what the dickens was I worried about.

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    When my grandsons father died, we found very few pictures of the two of them together. Sad. The few we have are treasured. And scanned, because his Mom doesn't take care of things very well.

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    I think we have to start by not hiding. Main stream media hides us, does not mean we hide ourselves. You only see pics of models and thin beings, which is great if you are among that group, but the rest of us have to come out of hiding. Even if I do not want to see a pic of myself.
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    I find when I pass by a mirror, I think, I look OK, but when I see a picture of myself, I think, OMG do I really look like that!!!??

    In photos, I usually wind up squinting, or if I try to keep my eyes open, I look like a serial killer. Also my face seems to be lopsided.

    Has nothing to do with thin models in the media as my figure looks OK.

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