How to be in more photos when you don’t have anyone to take them for you

One of the biggest obstacles to being in more photos, is not having someone to take them for you.

But don’t let that stop you!  Don’t use that as an excuse to stay behind the camera.

Here are some ways you can make sure you exist in photos, even if you don’t have anyone to take them for you.

How to be in more photos when you don't have anyone to take them for you

 1. Take a selfie.

I’m starting off nice and simple!  One of the easiest ways to get in a photo is to take a classic selfie.

If you want to get in a photo with your children then you can either all squeeze in close for a photo, or you can pull out your selfie stick so you can fit a bit more in your pictures.  Come on, admit it, you do have a selfie stick don’t you!  I honestly thought they were a bit, I don’t know, embarrassing I suppose.  But then I tried one, and loved it!  They just open up so many possibilities when it comes to taking self portraits on your phone.


2. Get reflective.

The other old classic for getting in photos is to take them in the mirror.

Most of the photos I have of me when I was pregnant were taken in the mirror in our bedroom.  And while they’re nothing special photographically, they are so special to me and I’m so glad I took them.

mirror photos

You can make this more interesting though, by thinking outside your bathroom/bedroom.

Look for reflective surfaces that you can use when you’re out and about with your children.  Big puddles can be good!  Or shop windows, car wing mirrors, anything reflective will do!


3. Try a  tripod.

If you have one, a tripod can be really useful for getting yourself in more photos.

You can set the camera up on the tripod and then either use a remote trigger or the timer feature to take photos of yourself.

At the moment I tend to use the timer, mainly because I don’t know where our remote is!  It can take a while to get the shot just right doing it this way, so be prepared to take a few photos before you get it spot on.  But it is quite a bit of fun!


4. Improvise.

If you don’t have a tripod then you need to get inventive.

I’ve balanced my camera on piles of books, chairs, the kitchen work surface, all kinds of places.  For this family photo the camera was placed on a bag that was sitting in Nerys’ buggy.

family photo showyouwerethere

If all else fails you can get some fab photos by simply putting your camera down on the floor!


5. Find someone.

If you’ve tried the ideas I’ve mentioned above and still aren’t quite happy with the photos you’re getting then you might want to find someone to help you.

I know, I know, the whole point of this post is that you don’t have someone to take photos of you!  But hear me out.  There are a few different ways you can find someone to take some photos for you.

Here are some options:

  • Ask a friend to come round and take some for you.  You can incorporate it into a playdate with your children!
  • If you’re a blogger reading this, then why not arrange a bit of a photo swap with another blogger in your area.  You can take it in turns to take photos of each other.
  • Hire a pro.  If you’re really serious about getting some amazing photos of yourself then look into hiring a professional to take some for you.  If you take some time to look at various photographers’ websites you’re bound to find one with a style you like.
  • Ask a stranger.  This might feel a bit scary, but most people are more than happy to snap a quick photo for people if they ask.  You could try this if you want a photo of you with your children at the park, for example.  I’m pretty sure there would be other parents there who would be willing to help you out.


I really hope I’ve inspired you to take some action and get in some more photos.

If I have, then please do tag them with #ShowYouWereThere over on instagram and I’ll go and check them out!


Mr and Mrs T Plus Three


  1. Kelly | and Jacob makes three 03/03/2017 / 9:15 am

    Great tips here. I really need to try out the tripod. It just seems a faff to get it out, but you’ve inspired me! #thelistlinky

    • This glorious life 03/03/2017 / 1:40 pm

      I know what you mean, it can be a bit of a faff, but it really is worth it to get in more photos! x

  2. Catie: An imperfect mum 03/03/2017 / 1:25 pm

    Fab ideas. I was drawn to this as I am in hardly any of our snaps. I do have a tripod but never use it! #thelistlinky

    • This glorious life 03/03/2017 / 1:39 pm

      Dig out your tripod! Or just balance your camera on something, that’s what I tend to do! Glad you liked the post. x

  3. Jenna Richards 03/03/2017 / 5:27 pm

    Great tips, I try to make a conscious effort to be in more photos with my girls. My husband is useless at picking up the camera and taking photos of us (I’ve got loads of them!)


    • This glorious life 03/03/2017 / 9:44 pm

      It is so often us mums that take the photos isn’t it! Hope these tips do help you get in more photos! x

  4. Emma 04/03/2017 / 5:37 am

    This is fab. Most photos I have are of the children or rubbish, unflattering selfies. I’ve never been able to get a good mirror photo either. I’ll definitely try out some of these ideas!! #thelistlinky

    • This glorious life 05/03/2017 / 7:11 pm

      Thank you, I really hope these ideas help you out! x

  5. Rebecca 04/03/2017 / 7:03 pm

    These are great tips… I continually fall victim to always being the one behind the camera so whenever we go out as a family I encourage my other half to take the camera for a bit! I find whenever I take selfies they look awfully amateur… I don’t know why! I can’t seem to nail them! <3 #thelistlinky

    • This glorious life 05/03/2017 / 7:07 pm

      That’s so great that you make a point of handing the camera over! I’m working on a post about selfies at the moment, I’ve never really mastered them and I want to find out how to get it right! x

  6. Emma T 05/03/2017 / 10:46 pm

    I’ve just got another gorillapod (because I never take my tripod out on day trips) and bought a wireless remote, but usually just rely on selfies with N. #thelistlinky

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *