totally agree. I look so ugly- frazzled, messy, fat- in all the pictures people take of me. I hate it. Its not at all how I actually feel. And I know my kids love me and see me as beautiful, you know? I am their mom. I think I need to hang around with people who are better photographers-- I am the one who takes good pictures in this family (many years of formal photography classes and a former career in film/tv production do help me use my little point-and-shoot camera). I always make sure that people are looking their best in my pictures of them, and I wish they'd do the same for me!
I did buy some new pants over the weekend. very cheap ones, so at least I can wear clothes that fit, and hopefully I'll need some more in a few months :)