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My in-laws recently returned from a trip to Africa to see family (my husband’s side of the family is African), and while they were there, my mother-in-law and sister-in-law (who was local) had a dress made for me. They took some pictures of me, showed them to a seamstress my sister-in-law knows, and she made a dress to suit.

Now this dress fits me perfectly, and I absolutely love it! (Thank you, Mom and Mimi!) I can’t imagine the skill it takes to look at a picture of a woman and then make a dress to fit her.

Anyway, I wanted to show you all a picture of this dress, and my husband took picture after picture of me in it, and I just couldn’t look right… I mean, I look in the mirror, and it’s beautiful! I get in front of a camera and I turn into a doofus.

This was the best picture I could get, just me standing there like a lug. Out of fifteen photos. Each more awkward than the last. (But the dress is really cute, right?)



So I pointed out to my husband that I just don’t know how to pose! I don’t know what to do with my hands. I mean, my husband’s older sister knows how to pose for photos so that she looks amazing. It’s a skill! I can hide behind a book and have it turn out okay, but to have another person snap a picture of me? I end up looking like… well… this.  And I like my figure, I like my weight, my size, my features. I’m not complaining about the bricks and mortar here… but I just can’t seem to pose so that I use what the good Lord gave me to any kind of advantage.

I tried a couple of different poses in the mirror, and came up with two. One did not work at all, and this one was half-decent.


I still look like a bit of a doofus, but it’s better. And I just love the dress! It’s comfortable, and flattering, and I’m going to wear it constantly once summer hits.

However, there are family members in Africa who have never met me in real life, and the only mental image they have of me is from awkward photos. You can only imagine what that talented seamstress had to work with, photo-wise! But I really do think I improve upon personal meeting.

And for everyone else who is related to me by marriage… Sorry! I try, okay? I do! Please just believe me that when you add personality to this tall glass of awkward, the overall impression improves. 😉


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