simple things roundup + weekly photo tip

Thank you to everyone who shared their simple things photos with us this week!
Here are just a few that caught my eye…
bright eyes | bailey
new life | anna + co
reading | marble
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If you’ve had a photo featured on the blog or on my facebook page this week 
be sure to grab a featured button below! :)

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Weekly Photo Tip

For this weeks photo tip I wanted to issue a little challenge to all you Moms out there in honour of Mother’s Day. I want to challenge you to get in a photo or two before Mother’s Day arrives on May 13th {you’ve got exactly 27 days left to do this}. You with your kiddos, your hubby, your pet hamster….whoever you want. Just get out from behind that camera…ya you….I see you hiding back there.…and get in those photos! :)

A little over a year ago I joined Emily Anderson’s weekly embrace the camera  challenge and it was just the push I needed to help me get over my aversion to being in front of the camera. The photos I’ve collected over a year plus of participating in embrace the camera are some of my most treasured photos. I’m so grateful for the little nudge this challenge has given me because without it, I wouldn’t have these photos and most importantly….years from now…my children wouldn’t have either.

Here’s what embrace the camera is all about in Emily’s own words:

I started Embrace the Camera for one reason. 
My kids.

One day I was looking for a picture of my mom and I together, growing up, and I realized that I hardly have any with her in them.  There are plenty of just me, but only a few with her.  I didn’t want that for my kids.  I want them to have an abundance of pictures with us together.  I want them to remember me, and our day to day interactions. 
The fun times we had. 
The real times we had.
Our memories.
I wanted to make sure I was a part of those memories.

So, Embrace the Camera was born.
Each week, I am intentional about turning the camera around on myself, to get in the shot.
It doesn’t have to be on a day that I look good.  I don’t need make-up on.  I can even be wearing my sweats that I love so much.  It doesn’t need to be with a good camera.  It just needs to be me, with all of my kids, one of my kids, my husband, or someone else who may be near and dear to my heart.

One day, we won’t be around.
Do we really just want to be a distant memory?  Or do we want pictures to remind our loved ones of what we once were.
Regardless of how we look or feel, I promise that they will treasure those photos one day.
They will not think “man, my mom was —(insert horrible adjective that you use to describe yourself).”
They will love the photos.
I promise.

So, I encourage you to Embrace the Camera too.
We have a link up every Thursday.
You don’t have to be a mom to participate…as long as you are in the picture too, then you’re embracing the camera.

Won’t you join us?
So? What do you think?
 Do you feel up to the challenge of getting in at least one or two photos before Mother’s Day arrives!?
If you do, just hand that camera over to somebody or use your self timer {find tips on using your self timer in this post} and let’s get right on it! I promise you won’t regret it! :)

I’ll be joining you in this challenge as its been a while since I’ve officially embraced the camera. This Thursday I’ll be sharing a photo on the blog and linking up with Emily!
I’d sure love to see your photos too, so if you capture a photo with you in it between now and Mother’s Day, please feel free to share it on my Facebook page and tag it “Mother’s Day photo Challenge” so I don’t miss it!


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Rebecca Cooper is a 38-year-old wife and mother of four from Alberta, Canada. As a photographer, crafter, author, and blogger, she finds joy and fulfillment in celebrating everyday moments. She loves to read and eat chocolate, and is a firm believer in afternoon naps. Rebecca shares her family’s adventures, photo tips, simple craft projects + more right here at Simple as That.

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  1. says

    Thank you Rebecca for stopping by Anna & Co. and featuring this week’s photo in your roundup. I consider it an honor to be noted on your lovely blog.
    Blessings to you dear,

  2. hennymats says

    So, so true! Well, ok, I’m in. No idea when and how and so forth, but I’ll try my best. You see, I was flipping through our Easter pics and we had friends over and there are a million pictures of everyone. Not a single one of me. I think I need to change that.

    Thanks for the nudge as well :)

  3. Kate says

    He Rebecca. I’m 18 and I seriously love your blog! You are so talented and everything is simply beautiful! Thank-you for all the time you put into it! Your photos are gorgeous. Your photos with your kids get me so excited to be a mom someday. I hope I can take just as precious pictures as you have and document their lives. Thanks again.

  4. Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography says

    I love these images Rebecca. I started getting in the photos more & getting over myself & my hang-ups about a year ago. It’s so liberating to not worry about it anymore. However- I have not taken the time to do it for a while now- need to make it a priority!

  5. MRivas says

    Hi, thank you for featuring my photo this week. I really got inspired by the being in front of the camera tip that I went on a little photo shoot with my daughter. Thanks for that, I realize the importance of being with them in front of the camera and capturing the special moments.

  6. says

    Wow! What a great post! I am completely inspired & ready for the challenge! I was so impressed & wanted to pass that along… so I posted about it with a link back to your blog.

    Thank you for helping me overcome my thinking of having to look completely done-up to be in front of the camera… my boys will forever cherish those memories.

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