Because I Can

Any readers of this blog will know that I am doing something called Documenting Delight for which I take a picture of our children (ideally all four but often the littlest two) every day. One of the best bits of this is getting to know (and learn from) the other women doing the project. Last week one of these women, Kerryn, died in an accident. She was 35 weeks pregnant and leaves a 2 year old daughter. Another woman in the group suggested we take pictures of ourselves with our children as a tribute.

Since Neve's birth I have been avoiding showing my face in photographs. It's just vanity. I am hoping that at some vague time in the future I will look better, so I have been putting off taking a picture of me and the children. So it made sense to me, in the light of this sad event, to just get on with it and point a camera at me gathering the two kids who are here today to me, because I can. Because I am so happy that I can.

Well, as usual, much easier said than done. I don't have a tripod or a remote, and the automatic settings on my camera are somewhat busted. Of course Anton insisted on being the button pusher which meant the camera was shifted every time it was pressed, and he danced around trying to get us all to fall over in-between each attempt. But it didn't feel like a moment to ruin the laughter, so what we got is what you see.

Julia, Anton and Neve.

Julia, Anton and Neve.
  Julia, Anton and Neve.

Julia, Anton and Neve.

Julia, Anton and Neve.

Julia, Anton and Neve.

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13 thoughts on “Because I Can

  1. You are beautiful. The photos are beautiful. And important, and necessary, and to be treasured. Well done for conquering your aversion and 'seeing the bigger picture' as it were. I think you did brilliantly. I can see a lot of love here.
    I especially like the picture second from the bottom. Fun :)

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  2. These are fabulous, made all the more fun and interesting with the varying focus and framing. Pure bliss and love.

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  3. I really appreciate these lovely comments from you two amazing women. It's great that whenever I look at these I will hear Anton's laughter ringing in my ears.

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  4. Julia you are not allowed to think one single moment that you are not enough good-looking. You are one beautiful woman, with a friendly and wonderful face, hair I would die for and of course... and the most important thing... you make your children laugh and giggle and make them feel loved! That´s beauty... inside and out!

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  5. These are great! Real moments with mom, captured. You are beautiful, but I understand, I have had to overcome the exact same thing. (When I lose this "baby" weight (after almost 2 yrs- ha!) I will take a photo, etc.)

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  6. gorgeous, perfectly imperfect, natural, funny, lovely! most importantly - captures your precious mother/child relationship for you and your kids to remember!

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  7. You are beautiful. I love them!

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  8. I just love these photos, they are gorgeous!! I had to do mine with the self-timer too, they were total flukes! And I also had to get past my "but I look so ugly" reaction to them - so silly to deprive my bubba of pictures of us together just because of my own silly insecurites!

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  9. Thanks so much for all these lovely comments.

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  10. These are fantastic! You did a great job! And I think you need to be taking more pictures of yourself...you are beautiful! You have nothing to be self-conscious about except you might make other women jealous of your gorgeous hair :-)

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  11. Julia, these pics are just beautiful (as are you!!) and filled with love and warmth! Thank you so much for sharing them with us. I know what you mean about 'vanity' and not feeling great about yourself... I have been trying to change that to thanking my body for all it has done and does for me and my family :)
    Hugs xxx

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  12. I love these photos. They are so real and in the moment

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