Coming out from behind the lens. - The Magic Onions

Coming out from behind the lens.

It’s my birthday. I’m 42 today.

I’m so excited about the gift  I’m giving to myself… I’m making a BIG change on The Magic Onions in honor of 42 beautiful years on this magical earth.

I’m coming out from behind the lens.

I wrote my very first blog post on January 01, 2009.

I’ve had a lovely day looking back over those first posts… and seeing how sweet and little my children were then. Kitty was 5 and Teddy was only 2. They had dimples and curly hair and baby teeth.

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But one sadness at looking back through the years is that there are so few photos of me in there. I can count them on the fingers of my one hand.

I would tell you that the reason why there are so few photos of me is that I am always behind the camera. This blog is about our lives through my eyes and I have not needed to be in the photos.

Do you buy that? I didn’t think so.

If I allow myself to be vulnerable, open up a little and tell the truth, I will admit that I have shied away from being in photos because I have not liked the way I’ve look in them. How silly is that!

I’ve never lost the baby-weight I have been meaning to lose since having children. I have always thought I’d get around to it soon… months turned to years and here I am, 6 years later and still hiding out of the frame. That’s such a shame! I am so important to this family and yet I’m always missing from our photos.

I realize that one day, these pages will be treasures to Kitty and Teddy. They’ll be able to page back through their childhoods and remember all the little-everyday-things that made us so happy. How sad for them never to see me.

So, today, on my 42’nd birthday I’m changing… I’m coming out from behind the lens.

Here I am in all my birthday (and golden antler) splendor…


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Silly, silly me! All this wasted time. From now on, I’ll be on these pages too.

If you are like me and have hidden behind the scenes, I urge you to be brave and come out into the sunshine. We carry our families in our loving embraces and they will want to see us with them when they look back at these magical days.

We are beautiful just the way we are, all the more so for our imperfections.

Blessings and magic,


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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. Yes!! I completely understand where you are coming from as someone who shies away from pictures of herself. BUT I also know that you are 100% right that you need and should be in these records and your children will treasure that. Having lost my mother recently (who incidentally also created a version of a Waldorf childhood for me), I know that I wish there were so many more photos of her around, and video, and just more. So, hooray for you! Thanks for all you do. Xx

    • Thanks, Eowyn. That’s exactly what occured to me… how awful for them to look back and never see me.
      I’m sorry you lost your mom and I send you so much love.
      Thanks for the kind words.
      xo Donni

  2. Yay! Nice to put a face to the name behind all those beautiful creations you make. I think it’s time I did the same. x

    • Thanks, Elizabeth. We deserve to be seen :)
      xo Donni
      PS – I’m IN LOVE with your little one’s dinosaur shirt!!!

  3. Well, hello there birthday girl! It’s so very nice to meet you. <3
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  4. You are beautiful! I’m glad that you decided to try out the other side of the camera. :)

  5. Janne Ellingsen says:

    Hello there! Nice to see you, and happy birthday!

  6. Now aren’t you a sweetie Donni. Always knew you were.
    One feels and sees the love and joy in your life.
    Which you have shared with us all
    You GO girl
    Love Marie
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  7. Hi Donni!

    While I haven’t been blogging much lately, I do know what you mean. I try to make sure there are pictures of me, too. It is far too easy to hide behind the camera and just act as the story teller.

    Happy birthday! Wishing you a wonderful new year.

    • Yes, Hanneke… it’s much too easy to hide from photos… thanks for the encouragement and birthday wishes :)
      xo Donni

  8. First of all ~ Happy Birthday, Donni! :) I recently celebrated my 40th and had this same revelation. I love photos of my loved ones so not allowing mine to be taken is completely unfair to them. Here’s to being seen in 2015 and beyond! And you look stunning btw!

    • Hi Priscilla… I know, right?! It’s just not fair to them… nor to us! 40’s is the beginning of wisdom for us it seems :)
      Here’s to being seen!
      xo Donni

  9. Well done, Donni. I wish I hadn’t waiting until I was 66 before doing the same thing! I was always too aware of my weight, double chins, and my hearing aids showing, LOL. I know, pathetic really! Not anymore. My grandchildren should know what I looked like, warts and all! My Mom passed away last year at the age of 99 and I have about 3 photos of her because she too hated having her pic taken. Note to self: I must not be like that! Keep up the creativity photos, but include yourself as well. Hugs from New Zealand.

    • Yes, Tilly!!! Yay!! It’s never too late :) I love that … ‘warts and all’ ha ha… made me laugh :)
      Wow… 99. I bet she saw some changes in her lifetime. My Great Grandmother lived to be 103!
      Thanks for the kind words.
      xo Donni

  10. BRAVO!
    Happy birthday my beautiful friend!


  11. Good for you, Mama! I know exactly what you mean here. I have a silly hashtag I use: #mamainthepicture
    Happy Birthday!
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  12. Happy birthday, friend! I had kind of noticed the same thing in my own photo archives this past year. Then recently I participated in a competition that required me to take selfies of myself engaging in outdoor activities. I was forced, for two months, to take these pictures, and they are some of the most fun and goofy pictures that I have, of US instead of just Cordelia, or just C and Don. I’m trying to keep up the habit, now that the competition is over. I can’t say that I’m doing it every day like I did those two months (let’s not go overboard now), but, you’re right! We are part of the experience and the memories. Why shouldn’t we be in the shot? Here’s to new beginnings. Yours looks great. :)

    • What a great way to get passed the camera-shyness, Di!! And I know… it’s so good to be in there too, isn’t it :)

  13. Happy birthday, Donni! You are absolutely beautiful and I’m so glad to see the face behind the many inspirations I get from your blog,
    Your example is so inspiring, I have been hiding from camera (or crying over my “unattractive from” pictures) for way too long now, maybe it’s time to overcome this.

    Hope you had a great birthday.

  14. Love this!!
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  15. Donni, happy birthday. I have done the same, we are silly and really you had no reason to feel that way you are beautiful.
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  16. You are such a beautiful spirit which comes across in all you write and photograph. So glad you’ll be including yourself in the record of love going forward!

  17. Lovely to see you :-) and many happy returns for your birthday
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  18. Hi Donni
    LOVELY to SEE you! Happy birthday. Loved this post and looking forward to seeing you more often. xx Amber

  19. Hurrah! Hurrah! You are an inspiration, girl! love, Jzin

  20. Happy Birthday!!!! You ARE a beautiful lady!!!! I too hide from the camera, and have a hard time dropping baby weight. Thank you for the gentle nudge toward a braver/more contented spirit!

  21. Good for you!! Yes, it is nice to put a face to that lovely name.
    Happy Birthday Donni and many, many more! <3

  22. Most inspiring thing I’ve read in a long, long time! And boy, oh boy are you shining beautifully! And how wonderful to have your kids witness your being in the spotlight too! I’m new to this blog and so happy to have stumbled on it. Thank you for your courageous expression! It’s rippling….what a gift! Happy Birthday! With gratitude…

    • Oh Heather, you’ve brought a tear to my eye! Thank you! It’s amazing how we can shine when we put away fear :)
      Glad to have you here!
      xo Donni

  23. Donni, wishing you a beautiful year full of all good things. Thank you for always so generously sharing your time and talents with us.
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  24. Congratulations for your birthday to your lovely family and business!!! Going through exactly the same thoughts finding only few precious pics with me and my children. Though the years dont hide at all I actually find that it makes us women more beautiful than ever. Dont hide especially in our superficial world of artificial beauty that will never be able to compete.

    • Very true, Annette… age brings its own kind of beauty.
      No more hiding for me :)
      Thanks for your good wishes.
      xo Donni

  25. Alicia Sovich says:

    You shine like no other Donni. Hope you had a very Happy Birthday.
    After reading many of the comments above and realizing how well know you are, I feel so blessed to know you face to face. ;-)
    Blessings today and always.

    • Thank you, dear Alicia, that’s such a kind thing to say. Yes, we are very blessed with our sweet Village :)
      xo always,

  26. My friend, you are so beautiful. It’s only our loss that you have not been in the pictures but your loveliness shines through your words. I for one will be very happy to see more of your beautiful face! When are you coming to show it to me in real life? xxx

    • Oh Hails… you make my eyes moisten … how sweet you are. We are planning on coming to NZ soon… not quite sure of when but it’s def on the plans. I think of you so often these days… I’m reading Outlander and the main character is Fraser McKensie :) She looks like you in my mind :)
      xoxoxoxo Donni

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