Stop making excuses and get in front of the camera #showyouwerethere

There are so many reasons we can give for not getting in more photos.  I’m sure if I asked you right now if I could take a quick photo of you, you could immediately give me a handful of reasons why you wouldn’t want me to do it.

I’ve even written a list before, of 8 reasons you shouldn’t have your photo taken.

The thing is, we can call them reasons, but lets be honest.  They’re really excuses aren’t they.

Unless you have a genuine phobia of having your photo taken, you need to stop making excuses and get in front of the camera.

Stop making excuses and get in front of the camera

Why does it matter so much that you’re in photos?  Sue Bryce said it best:

One day your children will look for photographs of you. What will they have?”

In years to come, your children will look back through the hundreds of photos you’ve taken of their childhood.  And yes, they’ll enjoy seeing themselves growing up.  But you know what they would love and treasure most of all?  Photos of YOU.

So, lets knock out some of those excuses shall we?

 

“I’ve got no one around to take photos of me/for me”

Right, lets get rid of this one first.  Yes, it makes life a lot easier if you have someone around who can act as your photographer for the day.  But not having someone to help is no real excuse for not being in photos!

Take a selfie, set a timer, buy a remote trigger, hell, go all out and book a photographer to get some professional photos taken!  There are so many options, I’ve listed them out in this post – How to be in more photos when you don’t have anyone to take them for you.

 

“I don’t have time”

I get this one.  I really do.  It can feel like a bit of a hassle sometimes, to find/make the time to get in photos.

But it really is just another excuse.  It’s been said again and again, if something is important to you, you will find the time for it.

Make getting in photos more a priority.  It doesn’t have to be every day.  But make a point once a month at least, to set aside a few minutes to be in some photos.  It doesn’t have to take long, especially if you do have someone else to act as photographer for you.

 

“I’m no good at taking photos”

Honestly, please don’t let this one stop you from being in photos.

You can learn so much about photography online these days, I’m sure if you dedicate just a bit of time to it your skills will improve quickly.  And you know what?  Even if your photos are still a bit blurry, or over exposed, or in any way less-than-perfect, it really doesn’t matter.  Think about it, I bet some of your favourite photos of your parents aren’t technically perfect.  But you still love them, don’t you?

Your children won’t care that your photos aren’t perfect, they’ll just care that they are photos of YOU.

 

“No one wants to see photos of me” or “I need to lose weight/colour my hair/hide my massive dark undereye circles before I can be in a photo”

I think if we’re honest with ourselves, most of the time it’s a mix of these 2 excuses that stops us getting in more photos.

We look at pictures of ourselves with such a critical eye.  We seem to be naturally drawn to our flaws and imperfections.

Believe me, I completely get this excuse.  And I have deleted photos of myself in the past that were just really unflattering.  But we have to get over it!  Honestly, you need to get in the photo NOW.

Please don’t wait until you feel you look good enough.  You are good enough to exist in photos right now, just as you are.

 

So there you have it.  4 classic excuses for not getting in front of the camera, all crushed!

Have I convinced you?  Or do you have other reasons for not being in more photos?  Please do leave me a comment and let me know!

 

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17 Comments

  1. Stacey 17/03/2017 / 8:25 am

    great post my problem is an almost two year old who just doesn’t want to keep still but keep trying.

  2. Inclusive Home 18/03/2017 / 10:09 pm

    Yes! This is so true! I’m the photo taker (I wouldn’t call myself photographer!) in my house so I have to make an effort to be in more photos. Having lost my dad as a child, those photos of him, especially with me and my sister in too, are so precious xxx

    • This glorious life 20/03/2017 / 9:46 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear you lost your dad when you were young. I bet those photo are incredibly precious to you. x

      • Inclusive Home 01/04/2017 / 7:54 pm

        Yes definitely, so I’m a big fan of family photos and much as I hate selfies, I try to do them from time to time! #KCACOLS

  3. Fiona Cambouropoulos 18/03/2017 / 10:52 pm

    Hum, I think I’m guilty, I take a crap selfie and haven’t worked out how to use my timer and my kids as teens don’t want a photo with me in! #KCACOLS

    • This glorious life 20/03/2017 / 9:43 pm

      No, stop the excuses, haha! Your teens might be funny about it now, but really will want photos with you in when they’re older! x

  4. kristin mccarthy 19/03/2017 / 3:31 am

    I bet you I am in about twelve pics in our albums. I have gotten better since the blogging happened- but still super self conscious.

    #KCAOCLS

  5. Devon Mama 19/03/2017 / 3:34 pm

    I needed to read this. I’m the worst for not being in photos with my son even though I’m trying to make more effort now… I want him to be able to see what I looked like, not have to imagine the lady behind the camera!

  6. Laura - Dear Bear and Beany 19/03/2017 / 6:19 pm

    I’ve been making a real effort this year to be in the picture more. Whilst I don’t like it, I don’t want to look back in years to come and not have any of me with my girls or of the four of us. x #KCACOLS

  7. Jane Taylor 19/03/2017 / 8:31 pm

    Madeline, you are right! That first point about our kids needing a record of us being around and them wanting to look at pictures of us! Look at photos from our family holidays and you’d think Mr T was a lone parent. I must make more of an effort!

    #KCACOLS

  8. Surrey mama 19/03/2017 / 9:22 pm

    I totally agree, we should all get in front of the camera more. I’ve actually written about this recently and suggested that we should get our mummy friends to take pictures of us and vice versa. As I am on mat leave I spend the most amount of time with them so we should all be helping each other. Great post! #KCACOLS

    • This glorious life 20/03/2017 / 9:38 pm

      I’ll go and find your post, it sounds like we’re really on the same page with this! Love your idea of mummy friends helping each other out by taking photos of each other. x

  9. Ally 21/03/2017 / 3:10 am

    I am terrible about this. I hate how I look in most photos or I am the one taking the photos. I know I need to make the effort for my kids and grandkids but it can be so hard to stick to. #KCACOLS

    • This glorious life 21/03/2017 / 6:35 pm

      It’s really hard to stick to, that’s part of the reason I do a month of photos of me every year, to really push myself to get in front of the camera! x

  10. Zoe 22/03/2017 / 8:57 pm

    These are all so right! My issue is i’m cool then I see the camera and turn into a massive awkward lemon..so it just puts me off photos! I need candid shots ha. #KCACOLS

    • This glorious life 27/03/2017 / 10:17 pm

      I think that happens to a lot of us! Candid shots are the way forward! x

  11. Rachel George, Ordinary Hopes 23/03/2017 / 10:24 pm

    My hair always looks a mess in photos and I have dark circles around my eyes so think I look awful. But my mum always says she doesn’t photograph well but I think she looks wonderful in photos. She is my mother and I love her. And I suppose my children will feel the same.

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.

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