Hey, everyone! As you can see in the teaser above, I've finally gotten my first swimsuit. Mrs. Spookshow & I took Bridget down to visit my parents and swim in the pool on Sunday, and I brought along the camera and tripod to take some photos! It was such a fun time, and I got a lot of great photos from the family party. This is going to be super picture heavy, ya'll, so brace for impact!
Sunglasses: Domino Dollhouse
I really can't even express how much I adore this swimsuit! Swimwear has always been such a frustration for me, as I've always absolutely loved the range of selection available in women's swimwear, but never felt confident enough to 'take the plunge' and get one of my own. I feel there's a certain irony there, being a guy who wears dresses every day, to have reservations or fears about wearing a swimsuit, but previously in my mind there's just been "tiers" when it comes to breaking sartorial gender stereotypes. In my head, a skirt is easier to wear than a dress, and a dress is easier than swimwear. In retrospect that doesn't make much sense really, but that's how my confidence in my own wardrobe choices has progressed over time. To be super nerdy for a moment, I think I've leveled up!
Outside of family fun around the pool, taking this photo set was really an event in itself. My dad was really fascinated with how much effort goes into taking photos for the blog, as previously my parents have only ever read the blog and seen the finished photos. He got to see all the tripod manipulation, lighting troubles, and 10 second run-and-posing, haha. I've not talked about that on the blog previously, but a reader did ask me in messages last week how I take my photos. The vast majority of the photos taken for the blog are self captured with a tripod and 10 second photo timer. There are times when Mrs. Spookshow will take photos, but generally I do most of it all by myself. Anyhow, dad got a kick out of watching the madness, haha.
Here's some family shots of Mrs. Spookshow & I with our baby, as well as a photo we took with my mom. It appears that we somehow managed to not get my father in any pictures, but he doesn't swim so there weren't a whole lot of opportunities there either.
This is a pretty great picture of my mom, trying to show me how I should pose for a photo....
I couldn't quite nail the pose, so this is what I came up with. I did kick back and relax for a bit, haha.
Not the greatest photo of yours truly (this was taken shortly after Guinness number 4, so cut me some slack), but a fun picture with my mother so I wanted to include it here.
Mom and Hiedi wanted me to pose over on this fort with mom's robots, so after we finished swimming we popped out to the backyard and they took these photos. My dad built me this fort when I was younger, though since I've moved out they've decorated it with these cool robot sculptures my dad got mom one Christmas. Super fun!
This was such an uplifting experience for me in terms of body positivity and confidence. I feel like I've managed to cast off a lot of doubts and fears that kept me from really enjoying myself in a watery setting, but now those chains have been broken. Even more important than that, though, I had such a great time at the pool with my family, and it will be a memory that I will always cherish. Thanks for reading!