“I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for #AVEENO. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”
When we were first a family, my pictures were of a sweaty newborn and acne-riddled mama. I thought they were horrid. We didn’t belong on a magazine cover, or in an ad. We needed a shower. And I find myself in the same predicament even today; oddly caught off guard, trying to nurse a baby back to sleep in the car in a parking lot, or laughing hysterically at my toddler who decides to dig in the dirt at a friend’s baseball game.
Sometimes the best parts of life are surely those that are not following the finely laid plans. For #CamilleThea and myself, our bond is amazing, and while we have lots of places to go, there’s nothing like #breastfeeding back to sleep in the parking lot! Her sweet hands hugging my body as she drifted off… the most beautiful part of my day. #AVEENO is encouraging women to embrace the natural beauty of a life that doesn’t always go as planned. Join me in the #UnscriptedBeauty Movement and share your beautifully unplanned moments. #aisforadelaideblog #IC #ad
But those moments. They were real. Really beautiful. Really amazing. Really raw. The #UnscriptedBeauty of our lives, captured in those first few moments. Days. Weeks. As a family. As real parents. As toddlers doing what toddlers will. Those moments
were will always be amazing.
My favorite family moments are always unscripted. This weekend, my brother, #aisforadelaide’s Godfather, took a lot of time to hang out and get to know our sweet girl, and although he’s a 22 year old dude, he’s a wonderful uncle- a big softie, for sure. #bubbles #ad #IC Join me in the #AVEENO contest by sharing your #UnscriptedBeauty moments In order to be eligible to win, please include #Contest To enter, simply upload a photo of your favorite Unscripted Beauty moment to Instagram and include #UnscriptedBeauty, #AVEENO, and #Contest THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE A PHOTO SHOOT WITH ACCLAIMED PHOTOGRAPHER DANIELLE GUENTHER! A photo posted by Chelley M. (@martinkadeluxe) on
As the weeks turned to months, the months to years, and we morphed into a family of 4, those moments never ceased to amaze me. The times I would just stop and notice how ridiculous the kids are, how complete they make me… and how their father, my sweet husband, has transformed me into the woman I think I was meant to be. His smile, his tenderness with our girls, the patience he has with me… all of that lets me be a bit rough around the edges. It makes our relationships grow… and capturing them is my favorite thing in the world. The times we held hands when the kids were playing with each other, the sweet caress from big sister to little sister… and one of my favorites: when Millie first climbed up the side of our dog’s head to give his ear a gentle nibble.
Our unscripted moments… the ones when I didn’t say “cheese”. Those are the ones that define us, after all. Aren’t they? I have a favorite photo of my father and me… we are in Disney. It would be years before his passing. I remember asking for the pink sailor hat- it was embroidered in-store. It was a big deal then- very high-tech. I felt like the night would never end. I keep this photo on my desk… it’s the best moment of #UnscriptedBeauty- the parent/child relationship… a moment I hope to repeat with my children again and again, only to be caught on camera more often, and cherished as a piece of art, as I have cherished my own.
All of these moments come together in many of my photos… and now AVEENO is hosting the most awesome contest to spread the love- with the winner receiving a photo-shoot from acclaimed photographer, Danielle Guenther, as well as AVEENO products! (announced in July)
How it works:
o Capture photos of the authentic Unscripted Beauty in your life throughout June.
o Post your photos on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook using #AVEENO, #UnscriptedBeauty, and #Contest.
o For Facebook posts, tag @Aveeno.
I’ve been following the hashtag (#UnscriptedBeauty) and love all of the photos. I cannot wait to see what you share! So, tell me… what’s an unscripted photo that means the world to you?