If you follow my blog or if you are my eye-rolling husband, you know I am INSTAGRAM OBSESSED. (Above are a few photos from my feed— @mommyshorts.)
Yes, I often interrupt meaningful family moments to post them on Instagram. Yes, I often try to make totally mundane moments into something meaningful by posting them on Instagram. Yes, I take pictures of Harlow napping and Mazzy in various outfits and my MUST-SEE half eaten pancakes…
But I also feel like I'm telling a visual story that is way more carefully edited than the 50,000 photos I have in my iPhoto library. Photos that no matter how many times I promise Mike, will never ever make it into a tangible album.
For the most part, I post my favorite two pictures per day. My whole family follows me so I no longer have to remember to personally email them pictures. And I have found inspiration in a community of like-minded amateur and professional mom (and dad) photographers who have breathed new life into their family picture-taking.
It's no secret— life looks a lot better with a filter and a bit of a blur.
This month, I have entered a really cool partnership with Elizabeth Street to find their InstaMom of the month.
Elizabeth Street is a New York based site that marries family life and fashion. Or, in their words, "an international collective of chic moms who know that life is best lived with style". (I guess they didn't realize the mom behind my iPhone is taking photos in her pajamas with spit-up stains on her boobs. Shhhh!!!)
To become Elizabeth Street's January InstaMom of the Month, just post a photo on Instagram that represents your New Year with the hashtag #ESNewYear and tag @ElizabethStmom. Then it will automatically add to their feed pictured here. Post as many photos as you like.
At the end of the month, we'll pick our favorite photo and that person will win a Bobble Family Pack, which includes a 13oz, 18.5oz and 34oz Bobble and one jug (value $52).
Bobble is a reuseable bottle that uses a replaceable carbon filter to remove chlorine and organic contaminants from your tap water just by virtue of passing through it. It's also the easiest way to stop wasting the plastic associated with a steady diet of Poland Spring— an excellent New Year's resolution, don't you think?
Whatever represents your New Year (whether it be something meaningful or mundane), I can't wait to see your photos, find new moms to follow on Instagram and pick the InstaMom of the month.