Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Our Perfect Lives on the Internet (Yay or Nay)

Warning, this post is very pink and filled with many peony pictures as my house is currently full of them.

I've been working on an editorial this week so aside from work there's been nothing much going on here. In these moments I am truly thankful for a backyard where Tin can run around, play and be outdoors. Now that I finished with all my work I'm excited to see what the rest of this week holds for us. Our warm days in the 80's have gone away and we are now left with 60 degree weather for the next 10 days. Wow, I'm talking about weather like I would with a stranger. 

There has been something that I've been thinking about. Like this article about Instagram Envy Effect. It talks about how comments in conversation come up like, “I gave up Facebook for Lent, and I realized I’m a lot happier without it.” Or like this, “Pinterest makes me hate my house.” Or like this: “I stopped following a friend on Instagram, and now that I don’t see nonstop snapshots of her perfect life, I like her better.” I agree with the article, but at the same time I don't. I show a lot of pretty on my instagram feeds, blogs and Facebook, I know that other people's lives 'look' perfect, but are NOT. When it comes to me, I surround myself in beauty as the world is filled with too much ugly and if someone has issues with the beauty I surround myself in, well that's sad. I might be missing the point here, but Envy Effect has come up more than once. I want to see people's pretty, the good side of life as there is so much bad news everywhere else. Are people really okay with all the bad we hear nowadays?! Does my dirty bedroom really inspire people? Nope, therefore I'll show something that does. Again, I might be missing the point here, but I love to see other people's beautiful lives. I agree with the article where she say's lets connect and not compare though. I've also been doing a lot of self searching and where my heart is in all of this, do I post to show off, do I post to inspire or do I post to share. I had to answer some tough questions as I want my heart to be right when I post.

Please enjoy these 'pretty' pictures and my 'pretty & clean' house, oh and my 'perfectly' adorable son.

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  1. I agree with you! I read blogs and look at pinterest/photos to be inspired and happy. Your peonies are beautiful, they are my favorite flower!!!!! PS - this is off topic but someday I would love to know what your favorite lenses/camera equipment are for shooting "around he house" photos. I have the standard lenses my SLR came with plus a 50MM lens and a 35MM lens but the 35MM doesn't seem like a huge improvement over the 50....although I also don't really know what I'm doing. :)

    1. It makes my heart happy that you agree with me! People need to see what some of these sites are for, mostly for inspiration. I adore peonies as well! Honestly, I shoot withe the same exact stuff, SLR, 50mm and my 35mm. For wider house shots, yes the 35mm isn't very wide, but it doesn't distort images if you want to take pictures of your kids. I'm not one of those photographers that has 2 camera bodies and 10 lenses, not yet anyway. What speaks to people is that you can do the same thing with the little we have.

  2. I agree as well!! Life can be quite ugly and it saddens me often. Pinterest, Instagram, blogs are all inspiring to me and helps me find beauty, especially on days, like today, where I'm not feeling much happiness. It motivates me to keep happy, love life and fulfill my dreams, no matter how small and/or superficial it may be/seem to others. Annetta, I have told you before, and I'll say it again, you inspire me to live and love my life! Thank you for all you do! xo Jen

    1. YES!!! Life can be ugly and we shouldn't be having envy in our hearts for sharing the beautiful! I really loved reading your comment as I feel you understand! Thank you so much for letting me inspire you even if it's in the smallest way as I believe inspiration is so important to us moms!


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