Tuesday, April 27, 2010

99 is the new "over-the-hill"

A couple of years ago, I looked around at the most beautiful women but heard words that didn't match what I was seeing. "I haven't had my picture taken in years, and I don't plan to." "I used to be pretty a few years ago." "I belong behind the camera." "I'm too (substitute any description here)."

I pondered the messages these women were sending to themselves, their husbands, and their children, and I realized that this was no way to live!
It's one thing to have a sober soul and no desire to prance about in front of a camera, among giggling women. I can respect that. It is quite another thing for a woman to constantly suppress her free spirit and desires to feel lovely with negative self-thinking; reinforcing the idea that life is all down hill from 19.

I don't want my kids to remember how much I obsessed about how I look in my swimsuit. I want them to remember that I got in the pool; that I played, and laughed with my whole heart.
It was this thought that was the birth of our silly-girl photo shoots. It started with one, then two silly women. Now dozens have dived into this pool. Some were nervous and needed encouragement to remember how to be silly, some popped right out of that shell. I just know that for many, this was exactly what they needed.
And I have a feeling. It's time. Again. Join me?

My friends near Salem, Oregon. Send me a message to let me know if you are up for such an adventure. Send me a message if you want to, but you're not sure, and I will talk you into it.

Time, date, and theme information coming, once I get an idea how many of you will be joining me.


Stephanie said...

OH MY GOSH! Pick me!!! Laura had a shoot in Washington that I got to be part of this summer and it was exactly what I needed. I'm that person (especially 9 months pregnant) who immediatly deletes the pictures I'm in. And the photo shoot was such a blast. I'm in Portland, and would be there in a heartbeat. Can't wait for the details.

you can call me aunt choody said...

We'll be in Salem soon. :) Wesley is coming home and we are headed up there somewhere around the second week in June! I can't wait to see your place. ;)

Domesticated-Bliss said...

What a great idea :) Love the pics and the motivational message!

Mandy said...

What a beautiful way to live!

Megan Marie said...

Oh, my word, I'm so excited! So far we've got....

Stephanie 2

and I think I can talk Tamsin, Rachel, Nora, Samantha and Mary into it.

Are you all around for Saturday, May 8th at 5:00pm?

Anna M said...

looks like so much fun!

Since I am so far away, I'll just stick with the Photobooth! You are too awesome.

Margaret said...

Megan, you've got me thinking, a lot of the moms around here that I know don't like having their pictures taken. Plus as moms we're always the ones behind the camera. I'm thinking of taking your idea and getting them to participate in a fun photo shoot.

I hope you don't mind if I take your idea and do it here in Monterey? All credit to you of course!:)

Glo said...

Me too! Me too!

Laura said...

I can't wait to see the shoot. It means so much and I am SO 110009% behind the message of it that I don't even care you posted a pic of my double chin. Seriously.

More girls need to do this. It's magical.

And I'm glad Stephanie enjoyed the one she came to in WA :D It makes my heart happy hearing that.