There are many perils associated with asking people you know to vote on something for you. One of which is other people not having the same emotional attachment to what they’re voting on. Is this a good thing, or a bad thing?!
The other day I asked on Instagram, Twitter, my personal FB, and this blog’s FB page which photo (from the selection above) they thought should be on the title page of Lior’s scrapbook. The page will just be nice paper, one of these photos (possibly enlarged- depends which one it is), and his name & date of birth. MAYBE it will have his birth details (weight, length, time, etc), that depends a little on which photo I use.
These were the results from the vote (Make sure you ‘like’ Number 19 on FB so you don’t miss out on the other votes and ideas we post!):
One photo that didn’t get any votes was the collage of the ultrasound, and him on his first day. I know it’s not the best PHOTO, but I know how I felt when I looked at him, laying there in the same position as the only ultrasound picture I have of him. My heart lept, and it was a defining moment of “Wow, THIS is the person who’s been inside me for the last 40 weeks”. I know it sounds silly to think that, but I think there is a bit of a mental leap to make (well, there was for me at least) connecting all those special mumma/belly moments with this little person who is now outside me.
So that one didn’t get any votes, and it made me realise that people just didn’t know WHY that was a special photo to me. Why it was even in the running. Of course I love the photo that got the most votes too. The one where we’re kissing him and it says “We <3 Lior Picard Carbis”. If I use this one I think I’ll enlarge it so it takes up the entire width of the scrapbook page, or close to it.
Now this is obviously one of the less great things about asking people to vote for something. But maybe this is better. After all, I would like to tell the STORY of why this is a special photo, and I can’t do that on the front page. And also, this is an album that lots of people will view, some with no real connection to Lior at all. So maybe it’s BEST if it’s just a generally nice photo, which is self-explanatory, then something that is SUPER meaningful…