Here I Am

I have been completely inspired by my friend Sarah.  There is just no other way to say it.

So… I took at least one photo of myself every day last week, sometimes with kids, sometimes not, because her project has me seeing things differently, with ME in front of the camera too.

Here are the results…

A few observations.

It’s interesting to me to see from these “every day” photos where I am not all gussied up or posing, how much I look like my parents, each in different ways, obviously.  Oh, and my brother Larry.  Although we have completely different noses.

I am looking down in most of these photos.  I’m going to change that the next time I do this.  You know, so that my kids can look back and see my whole face, not just my eye lids. πŸ˜‰

Still not a big fan of my profile.

Hubby took the last shot.  I think G might have acted more natural in the last one if Tim had not been standing there taking the photo, but oh well.   And no, I am not sad in this photo, that is just my t.v. watching face (someone who shall remain nameless and may be the father of my children was watching a certain Princess movie with Anne Hathaway in it… anyway… )

My boys have a sh!t-ton of Legos.

Oh and math homework makes me scowl a little…

All of these photos where taken with my camera propped up on something, except that last one, and with the timer.  I did have a remote but I lost it over the holidays and I have yet to replace it.  It would certainly come in handy for a project of this kind!

Also, apparently I really like to wear clothes with stripes.  Big, little, it don’t matta, I LOVE ’em!

Next time I hope to also get some shots outside but we were not outdoors very much this week and I’m not sure how I would go about that since there is no furniture to prop the camera on outside! Ha!

Anyway, I hope to keep this up, but it’s kinda hard!  I was proud of myself for remembering to do it every day! :)

Thanks again to Sarah for the inspiration and P.S., you should totally check out Greta’s selfies too!

And P.P.S. you can check my blog FB page, The Miss Elaine-ous Life for more, since I’ll be posting them there off and on..


  1. I LOVE this. You may have just inspired me :)

  2. Love it! I like the observations too. Funny what we see in out natural state. I caught a glance of my reflection in a window once and thought “Holy crap I’m my mom!”

    Great job!

  3. Oh I so love this!!! You are gorgeous. And we don’t own any legos. xo

  4. What an awesome idea! As yes I totally understand the never being in the pictures as I am always the one taking them too and we are there and our kids should know it.

    You did a great job with the camera propped I totally figured someone was taking the pictures for you.

    Do you do the Misselanious Monday anymore?

  5. LOVE this!!!!

    And I am a fan of stripes too.

  6. Neat idea. I have no issue being in pics (some might say “center of of attention” whatever!) but my husband HATES to be so this would be a great project for him (ok a great project for me to manage ;)).
    Your highlights look amazing!

  7. I love seeing these photos, and I did observe the stripes :)
    I’ve been doing this too, 5 days now, and ALL indoors. I just don’t go out much. It is interesting to see how we appear to look to others. I’m really having fun with this!

  8. Beautiful. Isn’t it so interesting what looking at ourselves makes us think? First we look at our appearance. what we’re doing. We’re a little judgmental. But then I love how it caused you to think of your other family members. It made you think about your body language. What you want to try next time. I love it. It really makes you think. It makes you get over yourself and eventually…you find some comfort. I’m so happy to see you in these pictures Elaine! The inspiration is reciprocal :)

  9. These came out great. I noticed the homework scowl and I can relate I scowl whenever math is involved. I love this project and might try out some of my own.

  10. I love this. I’ve seen a few other Moms do this and I’ve been SO inspired as well. I’ve yet to take a successful one yet, though.

    Love the one of you and B doing homework. And amidst all the toy cars. :)

  11. I love them!! But why are you playing Legos by yourself?? The boys must be out of the shot, right? πŸ˜‰ I recognize that homework scowl….I had several of those pictures, too. These are wonderful, Elaine!

  12. Oh my gosh I love this idea! And you are so pretty! I love that you are capturing the every day moments of your life as a mom; beautiful!

  13. I look the same when doing math homework πŸ˜‰

    this is a great idea because you are so right, we look very different when we are posing vs. doing every day things.

    And you got your exercise running from the camera to get into the shot in time – nice multi tasking!

  14. Great idea! I also love stripes. Stripes make me happy :)

  15. So cool, and such a great way to get to know your beauty and your family!

  16. What a great idea! I just love it. And you have some fabulous shots. That window in the first shot is unreal! WOW.
    I have a down-turned mouth so if I am not making an effort to smile it looks like I’m sad. :( hehe It gets tiring walking around smiling all the time but it gets old being asked “what’s wrong?” too, so smiling it is! πŸ˜‰
    Great job, Elaine!

  17. Nicely done! It’s inspiring to see moms jump in front of the camera.

  18. I love these self photos – such a cool idea! I scowl during any homework :)

  19. I love this! I am trying to start taking pictures with me in them that aren’t just selfies where I am asking Instagram for fashion advice :) It is hard to figure out HOW to actually do it. I need to get on the tripod action I think. I love how much you noticed about yourself and I can’t wait to see more pics!

  20. This is a brilliant project. Your kids are going to love, love, love this when they get older.

  21. I love all of these self portraits I’m seeing from y’all. They are just so real and honest. I love it.

  22. I love the way this came out. It is totally the everyday moments that your kids will remember when they grow, and it is such a special gift that they will have these pictures to look back on.

    Sidenote: I love that yellow and grey striped sweater. SO cute!

  23. Oh I love this idea! I totally avoid the camera preferring to be on the other side, but I know that I need to get myself in pictures so that my children have these memories too.

    And love your observations! I avoid stripes for some reason!

  24. I LOVE the photo of you with the toys and the one of you on the couch with your daughter. These are all so great!